The jolly man on his favorite toy—a souped-up riding lawn mower—waved to me and jammed the mower into gear.
With a slight gnashing of gears, he dropped the tines of the rear-facing rototiller and began to carve a half-acre plot out of my Wisconsin back yard.
My mom smiled at the sight of progress, turned and went back inside to do her “mom” things. My brothers and I climbed the nearby oak tree and watched our football field disappear beneath the tines.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that simple plot—soon to be a large vegetable garden—would influence my thoughts and actions for years to come.
It would lead to my love of fresh veggies. It would lead to my desire to plant my own vegetable garden in my own back yard and work it with my kids. And, it would lead me to want to spend my time outdoors.
It would also give me an innate love of design and teach me the value of hard work. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to think it also might have influenced my eventual profession—creating and publishing magazines that celebrate outdoor activity and nature—parks, children’s camping and landscape design.
I also learned you never quite know what will take root when you plant a seed.
Sometimes you get exactly what you planned (how boring is that) and sometimes, you get a little bit more—a little more understanding, a different result, a new idea.
Such is the case with publishing Landscape Architect Business.
We start with a plan, a series of ideas, and grow from there. Things pop up and are allowed to bloom. Other things are weeded out. In the end, we often find we’ve created something altogether different and even better than what we envisioned.
This month, we introduce our newest variety—Jesse Hensen of Eason Horticultural Resources, Inc. His goal is to keep you on top of the new-and-improved forms of plants coming onto the market—the ones that give longer bloom time, better habits, more range of application, and so on. You can check out his first offering on page 24.
Of course, we’ve given root to a lot of other varieties in this issue—our monthly Project Portfolio which is proving to be very popular, a feature on park design, information on ground cover options, and a few surprises.
All in all, I think you’ll enjoy it. If you do (or if you don’t), drop us a line and let us know what you think.
Till next month…
Rodney J. Auth
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