Recently, the Blue Heron Landscapes blog, has participated in two blog linkups. On December 4th, we were invited to join with the blogs Miss Rumphius’ Rules and Gossip in the Garden, by Susan Morrison author of the Blue Planet Garden Blog. The task,to answer the question, “Does your Garden Designer Practice what he/she Preaches?”. It was a fun and at times introspective look into each of our own styles. On January 6th we linked our blogs again, and this time joined by nine more of our fellow Garden Designers and inspired by Susan Cohan of Miss Rumphius’ Rules, we discussed the merits of “Celebrating Regional Diversity” in our designs. This project was so enjoyable and so well received, that we have decided to take these efforts to a whole new level.
In January our group blossomed into the Garden Designers Roundtable, and has become a monthly event. We are proud to be joined by eleven other professionals, from all over the United States and Great Britain. It is a wonderfully talented and genuinly caring group of Landscape and Garden Designers that I feel blessed and honored to be working with. We have compiled a list thus far of 90 topics, all related to Landscape and Garden Design. Each month we invite you to join us, as a group of 8-12 of our Roundtable members all blog on one of the topics, bringing to it their own personal interpretation and experience, and possibly a few lighthearted musings!
To keep you up to speed with the Roundtable, we have created a blog, where readers can find each monthly event with links, read bios and follow the ongoing accomplishments of each blogger, and see a schedule of upcoming topics. We have designed a badge, identifying member blogs of the Roundtable, which you may have noticed on the right hand side of this page. Clicking on the badge on this or any of the member blogs will take you right to Garden Designers Roundtable. We have also created a Facebook Fan Page that we would love for all of you to join. It’s lively place that has exploded in popularity, approaching 600 fans in less than one week of existence. Created as a place to continue discussion of the monthly topics, it is already busy with comments and conversation!
Garden Designers Roundtable promises to be an event like no other. The next event is set for February 23, 2010, and the subject is ‘Foliage’. So please be sure to stop by here or at Garden Designers Roundtable and see how our talented designers view Foliage in their designs.
All the best,
I like winter, I always have. The cold, crisp air is invigorating. I love the excitement of watching a storm move up the east coast, and waking up to a new coating of snow. The stark beauty of a winter landscape, the return of our migratory winged friends, and even a simple walk in the frozen woods with the dog will heighten my senses. For those of us who operate seasonal businesses and for those that are gardeners, there are other benefits. Winter signals the end of a long busy season of work. It’s a time with many industry trade shows, seminars, and flower shows to attend, at which we will further our education and reacquaint ourselves with distant colleagues. Winter affords us a chance to stop and take stock of the year and all its successes and failures, it allows us to recharge our batteries, and best of all, we get to start planning for next season’s activities.
Now, before you think the cold temperatures have frozen my brain synapses, I don’t like everything about winter. I don’t like heavy slushy snowstorms, of which we see plenty. The sight of dirty sand and soil foiled up on the roadside snow banks by snowplows is quite unsightly. And even though he is a very nice man, I don’t like seeing the oilman on such a regular basis. These images, images of the dark side of winter, these fill me with thoughts of sipping Pina Coladas somewhere on a tropical beach!
By the time late February and early March roll around, I’ll be getting sick of the cold temps and the lack of greenery. Until then, seeing old friends and family at so many holiday parties, the beautiful fluffy snows of January and February, and old man winter’s many other benefits, will be enough to lift my spirits, as anticipation builds for those first spring crocus to pop through the late winter snows. See now, even that snowy image made you smile didn’t it. Go ahead you can admit it, we know already.
How do you feel about winter? Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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