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  •  Hey! I recognize that train station (10+ / 0-)

    these photos are from there?  Wow!

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:24:52 AM PST

    •  The plantings at Barrington Metra (14+ / 0-)

      went in in 2010 to replace standard groundcovers (vinca) and mass plantings of catmint that were looking ragged and weedy due to the hot dry conditions of the site. I designed and supervised the project.

      Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

      by NoMoreLies on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:56:44 AM PST

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      •  Catmint?? (1+ / 0-)
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        In a hot, dry location?  What idjits dreamt THAT up?

        No, no, don't answer.  An architect friend of mine was surprised once at my use of landscape plants based on their preferred environments, he did tell me that most of the landscape architects he knew designed solely on the basis of plant appearance without regard for their personal habits.  I was staggered.  I had really wanted to be a landscape architect but ended up in a college without such a program; I had assumed that a landscaper needed to know plant requirements like an architect should know the tensile and compression properties of wood, steel, and concrete.

        Ecologically aware gardening is just common sense and ordinary laziness.  Why should anyone invest ten times as much effort to grow something that's always wilting, dying, and looking dilapidated, as it takes to grow something healthy, bouncy and pretty that LIKES where you put it?

        •  Landscape maintenance firms (0+ / 0-)

          make a lot of money off of monocultures, and lazy designers go with the plants that are readily and easily available from multiple vendors. Then more projects can be completed in the same amount of time. Careful design and design to reduce maintenance requirements requires a lot of thinking and time. Clients often don't care, especially if the project installation is cheap and quick and looks good for a year or two after the initial planting,

          Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

          by NoMoreLies on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:30:16 PM PST

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