I’m delighted to be representing the Economics of Happiness Conference at Collected Works Bookstore one week prior to the event. Thanks to Collected Works and Journey Santa Fe for the opportunity to promote the conference. See you Sunday, October 8th at 11:00. And also at the panel discussion Saturday, October 14th at 3:00.
Just above the patio you’ll see some fruit trees on either side of the path. Look carefully and you’ll pick out some other edibles like strawberries, rhubarb, fennel, and Egyptian walking onions. Just out side the client’s backdoor is a space for an herb spiral which the client intends to install on his own.
Another nice effect of having boulders help retain the slopes around this patio is that the gaps among the boulders allow for plants to intermingle with people. As the title to one of my monthly column reads, “Biophilia? I feel ya.” These plants are only a could of months old. I look forward to going back and taking more pictures now that more time for the plants to do their thing has occurred.
This year’s meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects is fast approaching. Founded in 1899 and with more than 15,000 members in 42 countries the ALSA’s mission includes the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments. This year’s meeting and expo will be held in Los Angeles October 20-23. For more information and registration visit their website.
The fall semester at the Santa Fe Community College starts soon, so reserve your spot in one or more the interesting classes available. Courses for Greenhouse Technologies are listed under the category of Controlled Environment Agriculture. My column back in March talks about the part of the program, so for some inspiration check it out!
Drawing people out of their homes and into their landscapes is an important part of our work, but we also know we need to keep projects with in budget. One of my favorite ways to do this is with boulders. Here boulders not only retain the soil for fewer dollars than a stucco or rock wall would use (no need for foundation, skilled masonry, etc.), and the maintenance cost for a boulder are nonexistent. Stucco walls in the garden tend to take lots of abuse, so they need maintenance more often than stucco walls that are part of a house. Meanwhile, these boulders become furniture to sit on, to place a plate, a drink, a phone, or a book on. And this furniture is FREE. It’s part of the package, and it never needs to be stained, painted, or washed like wood, metal, and plastic outdoor furniture inevitably requires.
After finally catching last month’s viral video of Senator John McCain’s dramatic floor vote, I wanted to watch reruns all weekend. Part of me enjoyed the well-known maverick’s just-in-time entrance from another round of pressure from the vice president. Part of me relished the former POW’s extended arm and fingers cocked as if casting a spell, but McCain’s protracted use of an already pregnant pause was what really did it for me. Of course, the former navy pilot’s swift and dauntless thumbs-down followed by a brief gaze at his colleagues on the other side of the aisle added to the political theater, as did the senator’s Santa-style exeunt. Done with his work, he turned with a jerk.