a meaning of design
Designs by The Romantic Garden Co. are created by digital photo. They are meant to express the project idea to an interested party and show how the idea fits into the landscape. The design is based on multiple picture elements added in transparent layers to the original photo. . This final picture, kind of a collage, additionally becomes an artistic rendering. This rendering will emerge through one of 40 or 50 possible artist filters. I pick the one I think best represents the visual idea. Examples are on this page. The rendering in the jacaranda tree example shows the landscape picture with a Cezanne brush stroke simulation. Why Cezanne and not Monet? Why oil paint and not colored pencils? My pick, my judgment. Based on what I know about the art style and the landscape idea. It is meant as a presentation that allows the landscape project idea to be seen imaginatively. The prospect that various people will interpret an idea differently is desirable. Issues unseen and unspoken (before design) often emerge (after design) as new ideas and new discussions. This becomes valuable in a garden or landscape project where artistic judgment is an important concern.
Usually the project idea is first discussed verbally and if everyone is on board, the next step is the design itself. Because this is a new technology and not in widespread use in the landscaping business, we thought some explanation would help focus understanding. First: I take a wide portrait-style picture of the landscape. That picture becomes the base of the process. Next: I drag related photos on top of the base photo. The related photos are pictures of plants, hedges,trees and hardscape that express elements important to the main idea. These photos are from archive pictures of plants I have taken over the years. All are local and chosen mostly because they were marvelous examples of the plant. The collage effect produces plants and hardscape overlays into one photo. This photo shows the viewer the projected construction placed on the familiar landscape. You can see what the finished job looks like. — HENRY NULL
the design as guide
The photo design, once accepted as the expression of the idea, ultimately becomes the guide for project construction. If no major building changes occur, the final installation will look almost exactly like the base design. Not that this is a rigid target. Changes occur on many jobs because unforeseen problems force other solutions. For a look at how the design is interpreted on the job, visit The Avant Garden Company. That details problems and solutions in a complicated installation.