While standing in the gardens at Sakura Ridge last week, Vanessa Nagel, asked me if I could Twitter one thing about my Portland experience, what would it be? Not needing any thought, I replied, “The diversity of ideas.” I think she was pleased with that assessment.
There were so many ideas, in fact, that it will take me time to absorb them and even longer to write about them. Although I am not a shutterbug, during design conferences I take hundreds of pictures for future reference. Some will influence my work and some won’t, but it’s too soon to see how what I brought back from the 2009 APLD International Design Conference will work their way through my creative funnel.
The easiest way for me to begin to think about all of the garden elements, landscape design, and general creative gusto I found and recorded in and around Portland is to put them into broad based themes that I can reference later. One of the conference speakers, Cairene MacDonald, from Third Hand Works, spoke eloquently about creating systems that work specifically for the individual. So in that spirit, I’ve decided to continue my organization of groundplane and paving details as Portland Underfoot ( a title of a previous blog post) and of pots and contained plantings as Portland Contained.
Here are some highlights of Portland Contained…