As a landscape and garden designer, I only have one hard and fast rule: create a space that compels people to venture out to use it. Whether it’s a path, a patio, or just a comfortable place to sit and read a book, I want to get people outside to reconnect with their land.
For my clients I always create a place to explore, gather, pause, or linger.
That could mean adding a small a patio that overlooks a community pond where before there was nothing but an eroded hill…
It could also mean a creating path to beckon you from one place to another easily…
Or it could mean building a place to toast marshmallows after chasing fireflies on a summer evening.
Outdoor spaces that invite interaction are a part of every design I create but…my home garden has none of that.
I have a path…but no place to linger.
I have a patio, but no comfortable place to sit, a firepit…well that’s just not a part of ammenities around here.
My work is built outside to coax people into using it and enabling them to reconnect with the natural world around them yet here I am day after day drafting designs for others on paper or via my laptop. I guess I need to hire myself so I can lure myself outside!
Thank you to Susan Morrison who suggested the idea for this post. Three other APLD landscape designers on both coasts are fessing up today also. Take a minute to visit their blogs (links below) and see if they also need to hire themselves to get outside!