This is an excerpt from my latest post at the Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens blog. Click the link below to visit the full post.

When I was studying Landscape Architecture at university, I had a professor who was infamous for several sayings. One of the most prolific of his sayings, which any student could nearly be guaranteed to hear during a design review, was ‘the landscape as time’, or more briefly, ‘landscape time’. He spent four years drilling this into each of the students in the program. The idea is that we have to think on a whole different time scale when we think about the landscape and how we design it. He told us to design a landscape for 50 or 100 years down the road. This is a very hard concept to manage since we’re unlikely to ever see that vision realized. The landscape moves along at its own pace and while we’re aware of it, we often don’t truly recognize it. We live at our own pace and while we see the gradual change of the leaves sprouting in the spring, falling in the fall and littering the ground during the winter, we don’t see the full picture. We are too short lived to see the big changes and too fast lived to see the dramatic life plants lead.

…continue reading at Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens

About the Author

Kelly Brenner writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat. She earned a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

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