“We need to get to a point where a designer can say ‘ I don’t know that much about plants’ without fear of vilification.”
I first read this article by Tim Richardson years ago in the Garden Design Journal. I forget lots of things I read. I can never remember how movies end. But when I stumbled upon this article this morning, I re-read it because I remembered it (a compliment unto itself) and enjoyed it a second time around.
The article is all about Tim’s observation of the rift between plants oriented designers and design oriented designers. At that time (2006) it was a divide easily felt by anyone working in landscape design in England. I am curious what you think. I don’t feel that rift so much anymore (perhaps because I am in the USA) but I feel different ones here…the rift between Landscape Architects and Garden Designers. And the general brush off -(if not complete dismissal) that design based garden blogs (of which there are too few) get from gardening garden blogs (of which I think there might be too many). It is another separation that I don’t understand, but maybe based in the same root sentiment? What do you think? Are UK planty people stiff miffed at designy people? What is at the heart of all this? I agree with Tim – Why can’t we all just get along?
p.s. Tim has a book out that I have not read but am so interested in. Have you seen it? Avant Gardeners I think it might be worth a buy (or at least ad it to your wish list for someone to give you)
p.p.s. – I have to mention this article brought another thing to mind. Last month when I did the Shed Chic book giveaway and announced the winners, I meant to mention all the comments in my wrap up post….but I realized much after the fact that I had missed one….totally unintentionally… it came from High Desert Diva ( who is having a beautiful break in Italy- you can read about at her site) Anyway – she mentioned that while she loves garden design, she hates to garden…a sentiment I have cyclically felt in my own career/life….and one that I thought of when I re-read Tim’s article.