Love is enduring, romance is fleeting: a sentiment often spoken.
I'm not buying it; human relationships or otherwise. A romantic myself (don't laugh!), a great meal comes to mind, as does the memory of who I shared it with, an event, or a space that's never left my memory.
Do we strive to design landscapes that have us long to linger, or beg us to return (that we can't resist)?
Do we have clients who embrace that, or do they wreck the mood by only obsessing on timelines or budgets, not the unique opportunity being created for them? The latter is too common in the real world; engage in that, and the thrill is gone. Cleverly engage such a person away from that - though highly unlikely - and you might help salvage a garden out of ruins.
Let's keep the thrill!
|Nighttime is the right time. If you've been to where I live - from sometime in May and well into September - you know how incredible the warmth here is - rarely too hot and rarely too cool. It penetrates to your very soul, in a good way.|
Imagine walking under these Desert Willow trees, blooms randomly wafting out a subtly sweet fragrance. Our numerous hummingbirds and sphinx moths certainly can't get enough of it; would most people or designers not respond at least the same? You've just finished a great dinner at one of the special tables at Marcello's Chophouse (perfect for two), and you aren't ready to go home, yet. The moon is up, the breeze is blowing, and it's perfect.
I wonder how many people visiting there, who never thought once about outdoor living on their own property, have changed their minds? It no longer has to be the domain of that week in Fiji or some such faraway place, which they just spent a mint to visit, only to leave with mere photos and a large visa bill to remember it all by.
It's a connected, skilled designer who can make such an experience, that keeps us coming back for more. I hope you enjoy the other posts on Garden Designers Roundtable with me - mostly ladies, with a fellow, romantic knight or two!