Column: Spring: New energy and life into landscaping

A spring garden with beautiful pergolas. (Submitted photo)

A spring garden with beautiful pergolas. (Submitted photo)

Spring is a brilliant reminder as to how important well-planned landscapes are in our daily lives.

On a macro scale, did you know that in 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted won a design competition that fueled the development of Central Park in New York City? At the time, this forgotten chunk of real estate was a conglomeration of swamp and garbage land positioned on the outskirts of NYC. Today, this masterful landscape design is responsible for the healthy entertainment of millions of people a year and breathes life into an otherwise concrete jungle.


Imagine that this same attention to detail is even more critical in our micro world of backyard living.  Thrilling patio landscapes, stunning curb appeal, and gracious front entry focal points are often the inspirations that make us thrilled to pull in the driveway after a day at the office. Landscapes prompt the joy of sitting on a back patio surrounded by flowering hydrangeas, fragrant lilacs, and pockets of herbs.


We ask a lot of our landscapes. We ask massive shrubs and ornamental trees to provide privacy and define boundaries. Mature oaks, maples, and elms develop shade and offer structure to our properties. Intimate flowering shrubs and fragrant perennials thrive around decks, patios, and walks and gives us the sense of space we long for.

These details are likely what you love most about some of your favorite vacation spots, golf courses, restaurant courtyards, and neighbors’ homes, although you may not realize it.  Next time you are in a space the “feels” amazing … stop and notice the landscape.  It might surprise you.

Wherever you are in life, I hope this spring offers a new energy and season of encouragement as new life and everything flowering springs into action.


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