An expanded version of this discussion will appear in the Naples Daily News in January appeared January 17, 2013. The piece had an excruciated provenance: it was submitted twice for print but not used due to space limitations and an editor error. The original piece is below, but the expanded (and better) piece is above as 'Hiring an LA: Botany First'. Confused? I was, too.
Your Design Pundit worries about the course of his profession.
In 2009 I was invited to submit a Proposal for a small Mediterra community. I noted that the level of site improvements was not appropriate for this very upscale neighborhood. I described what I saw in the community at the largest scales, then taking smaller and smaller bites. I talked about finding the appropriate places for color, for winter interest, and the rest. I told them that the level of maintenance was poor and, while walking the site a few days before, pointed to the problems.
The community chose a different Landscape Architect. Fine. It happens. There is plenty of work to go around.
Now it’s 2013, and the Landscape Committee called again, asking for a proposal again. After a few meetings an agreement was executed.
But guess what? The community looks like hell. What in the world happened in 2009?