Landscape architects in the making


Not until after the fact–during it, really–did I realize how gratifying it would be to have a bunch of landscape architecture students come for a visit.


Jeff Charlesworth had asked if I’d mind if he brought some students from a class he teaches at Delaware Valley University in nearby Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to visit the garden, to sketch, to talk.


I hope it got them a little bit interested in bridging the gulf so often found between landscape architects and garden makers.


Jeff said they enjoyed the experience.


I think I heard the word “mysterious” used.


I hope so.





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12 thoughts on “Landscape architects in the making

  1. Mysterios, I think, is a good and natural word to use among many landsapearchitects! At least here in Europe. Most of the profession in this Continent are well considered in asfalt and concrete. And I think your generous garden can bee a wake-up-call to many.
    I´d love to se your garden…or might I say your plantings?

    greetings from Denmark

    1. I agree, Kjeld. Most of our landscape architects are also well trained in asphalt and concrete, but definitely not plants. I hope they will learn to capture a bit of mystery in their work. It is good to hear from you. – James

  2. I thought I was the only person disturbed by the gap between landscape architects/garden designers and garden makers. It’s quite baffling – aren’t we concerned about many of the same things?

    What has made you aware of it, James?

    XXXx Anne

    1. Anne, it’s a commonplace among garden makers and garden designers over here, has been for decades. I heard James Corner speak several months ago, and when he discussed the High Line, he never once mentioned the plantings or the name Piet Oudolf. It’s as if some landscape architects exist on a higher plane, work with only abstract concepts, and never want to be made aware of the physical nature of reality, the gravel, soil, clay, plants. However, I do see signs of this changing.

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