Category Archives: Columns

Roll Out The Pink Carpet

These aren't just petunias-- they're "Supertunias"! Photo Courtesy of Jesse Hensen

One of the most dramatic statements a landscape architect can make in a large area—whether residential or commercial—is a broad swath of bright color that lasts from spring to fall. One just can’t get that from trees, shrubs, or perennials. This is a job for Supertunias! Supertunia is the brand name for a specific group of petunias that have been bred for heat tolerance, disease resistance, and vigorous mounding-growth habits. They are part of a line of superior-performing annuals from … Continue reading

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Garden Fun

We still have flakes of snow in the air here on the shores of Lake Erie, but we have seen just enough spikes in temperature and breaks in the clouds to get me and my three youngest daughters excited about this summer’s backyard garden. Each year, we sit down and take a look at what worked well the year before (very successful carrot crop–as in too successful) and what didn’t work as well (we seem to be the only people … Continue reading

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Sustainable Communication

Tim's week was filled with communication and productivity!

What an interesting week! At work, my billable time was down, productivity was up, delegation was verbally doled out, and I got to write on several topics. It was like having a best week (except for the billable time thing), which doesn’t come around that often. The writing done was not just this week’s blog post. I also had a somewhat unique challenge of writing, interpreting, and communicating on a few inter-professional subjects. The cool thing was I actually had … Continue reading

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Wait, Wait, Wait – Rush, Rush, Rush!

Chaos and caffeine are among a landscape architect's tools.

Not too many years ago, I can remember lamenting with a colleague about submittal deadlines and how we, as landscape architects, always seemed to be the “tail of the dog” when it came to getting base files and other information we needed from our clients or other consultants to complete our design work. How many times have we sat at our computers, feverishly scurrying to finish up a plan set and trying with all our might to beat the clock … Continue reading

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A Man Around Campus

Get a fresh perspective by heading back to school.

What a fun week it was last week! A new puppy, a new truck, a new project at work, and–most interestingly–a new opportunity to join a group of “professional advisors” for a landscape architecture college at a major university. What an honor to be asked and a pleasure to serve in that capacity! The week ended with a trip back to school for a two-day engagement with the college kids. Yes, I spent 24 hours–on campus–with college kids…and I did … Continue reading

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