Landscape Planning for Small Homes (Classic Reprint)by E. G. Davis
There is always a curious crowd, and of course its speculations are not always a true indication of public opinion. However, a far more intelligent point of view on the part of the public is much to be desired regarding landscape architecture what it is, and what it may do for every home owner. The public is more than
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There is always a curious crowd, and of course its speculations are not always a true indication of public opinion. However, a far more intelligent point of view on the part of the public is much to be desired regarding landscape architecture what it is, and what it may do for every home owner. The public is more than curious. It is genuinely interested! Most home owners, regardless of station or income, desire to make their surroundings more attractive, and most of them actually attempt it, although perhaps not with very great success. However, of those who desire attractive yards, how many realize that at the same time their yards may be made more useful and more convenient?
This general interest has grown to such proportions that the nurserymen have for some time been pressed, by those buying plants, to give advice for their arrangement and planting. In many cases there is no one else at hand to furnish such advice. Some nurseries have tried to sidestep this question, others have refused to give any suggestions, and others, seeing therein an opportunity to increase their sales, have established landscape departments, with or without charge, according to what has seemed most feasible. Some landscape architects complain that the nurseries should not undertake landscape work. But most professional landscape architects do not want, and many will not even accept, what is termed small business, as they say it does not pay. So here is a demand for a much needed service, with no competition, and with little interest shown by those best able to supply the need.
To the nurseryman and the florist, the requests of their patrons for advice in planning and planting appears as an obstacle to their sales. The gardener accordingly takes down his florist sign and puts up one which reads landscape gardener. He has observed the work on large places in his vicinity, and keeps an open eye for ideas. As small jobs are abundant, he finds plenty of practice, and with this comes confidence. Similarly, the nurseryman receives calls from nearby residents who say they would like some shrubs, if men can be sent from the nursery to plant them. As he is a business man, he meets the demand he adapts himself and his organization to public demands. To do this adequately, he must find someone capable of taking the responsibility of giving advice and of directing planting operations. Of course he must make this new man pay, possibly by increasing the charges for his stock, by charging an extra fee for his services, or by materially augmenting his nursery sales. The new man must in some way earn his salary. Moreover, he himself wishes to make good, and so goes after business, and also after larger work on larger residences. Eventually he reaches out for the big estates which the landscape architect has hitherto considered his legitimate and exclusive field of activity.
It cannot be expected that the man whose main interest, training, and experience is that of growing and selling plants will also understand the theory of their "design," and the arrangement of plants is but a part of the whole operation of planning, or, to speak more technically, of designing. Designing includes not only the arrangement of plants, but of all? objects and areas within a property.
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