Spanning the globe with frequent and once in a while readers. I am interested in collecting, propagating plants, landscape management practices, ecology, environment, flora/fauna, in essence Nature. This blog is written in a blunt, abrasive fashion with consistent critical views on these subjects and others that may be related...or not.

lunes, 5 de enero de 2009


PERHAPS YOU WONDER, about the few good things that once in a while are mentioned here regarding landscape practices and
design. It is not our imagination, it is not that we focus on what
is bad, poor, tasteless, it is real. Believe me when I say how much I love you... some sappy song, but truly, what I see is ugly except
Parque Luis Munhoz Rivera. If there is anything else in the San
Juan Metro area, please let me know.

What to do then? Please do not hang yourself up if you are ugly as some unfortunate fellow did recently. Just read and research,
plant and observe. From TURF Magazine, March 2001.

Dr. Leonard Perry

"Many of our gardens and landscape have been influenced by English and European styles of
gardening and landscaping. Originating in the beginning of this century, and the few centuries
prior, these ideas are often traced to a few key individuals.

Gertrude Jekyll (1839-1935) from England is recognized as the greatest influence in the 2oth Century on herbaceous gardens. Known for her use of flower and color in garden designs, she used them in woodlands, herbaceous borders and water gardens. Planned graduations of colors
are particularly evident in her designs. She wrote about these theorie in some of her ten books
including Wood and Garden and Colour in the Garden.

A collaborator with Gertrude Jekyll and mayor influence on her work was landscape designer William Robinson (1839-1935), who is best known for his "natural" design. He valued plants
in the garden for their changing forms. He was quite interested in such different gardens as the
English kitchen garden (herbs), rock gardens, and woodland gardens. In addition to publishing
the weekly magazine The Garden, he wrote several influential books including The English Flower Garden."

I would add Frederic Law Omstead (1822-1903), known for designing Central Park in Manhattan, and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The beauty of the first, is now more remarkable since some restoring work has been done in the last decade. The second was not so hot when
I visited in the nineties, but should be in better shape also. More information acessible in Wikipedia if interested.

It was amazing the reaction of New York citizens, when City Parks decided to eliminate the baseball parks due to the cost, time and energy to maintain them. It was difficult, but intelligent. What is the point of having such sports, any, in an area where many just walk
or sit, to admire the beauty of the surroundings?

The relation of all the above and Puerto Rico is that anyone interested in learning about these subjects will have great difficulties to find anything about what is being done
in landscaping design locally. That would be nice, because something will contradict, what
I write, perceive. Unfortunately, no one publishes anything, even the jerk of cuban origin (who theoretically is a pioneer) receiving a tribute from his fellow jerks, Landscape Architects
College, does not have a miserable picture in the web about his thirty-forty years of doing
what every Joe Six Pack keeps doing now.

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