Henry Ford was once asked in an interview what he thought was his most important trait that had led to his astonishing success as an automaker. His response was, "The ability to organize."
In the late 1960s, a small but determined band of irrigation
visionaries began assembling periodically in small offices and
dark restaurants dotted throughout the San Francisco Bay
Heres a scenario: You’ve created a cutting-edge landscape concept for an upcoming project. You know the
plant material that you’ve selected will require supplemental watering to get it through the establishment period
and the harsh weather days beyond.
his summer, I've been engaged
by Savio Engineering to crisscross
the country teaching groups of contractors
in hands-on clinics about
the fundamentals of water feature
construction -- that is, the installation
of ponds, water gardens, and
One of the greatest challenges
a greenscape designer may
face is integrating a waterscape
into a hardscaped terrain. It really
boils down to two basic options:
blending flawlessly and contrast.
An old story about Michelangelo says that the artist was so
gifted that he could visualize a sculpture in its entirety
before his chisel ever touched the stone. The physical crafting of
the piece was then only a matter of removing the excess to reveal
the image inside. But while freehand may have worked well for
Michelangelo, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us aren’t
quite at that level.
When we think of a pump station,
we’re usually thinking of water
purveyors who are pumping water
so your home can have potable
water for drinking, showering, etc.
Golf enthusiasts might see pumping
stations as a way to pump
water from one pond to another.
Properly used, annual color can invite, enhance, conceal, distract, relax or excite. But color can also be a meaningless, busy hodgepodge. Healthy flowers are almost always a worthwhile addition to a site.