a meaning of design

driveway and Mesa house before design (banner)

driveway and Mesa house before design (banner)

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.

The Romantic Garden  Cezanne-style design recommends some changes to this Mesa landscape. 

The Romantic Garden  Cezanne-style design recommends some changes to this Mesa landscape. 

The Romantic Garden Co. camera saw the above.  Then the idea:  remove plants under jacaranda tree; add gravel. Remove hedge, build stone wall at street. Then the jacaranda  becomes the magnificent icon that it is.    Design also saves water.  And makes tree maintenance easier and way more beneficial to the tree.

The Romantic Garden Co. camera saw the above.  Then the idea:  remove plants under jacaranda tree; add gravel. Remove hedge, build stone wall at street. Then the jacaranda  becomes the magnificent icon that it is.  Design also saves water.  And makes tree maintenance easier and way more beneficial to the tree.

 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.

Here is a garden designed and never built, interesting because of the changing nature of water availability.  This field is in Montecito off  East Valley Road. The owners wanted a landscape plan for the field, which became a pond in winter rains and nothing they tried grew there. The Romantic Garden plan was a series of raised beds full of water-friendly papyrus, built from similar creek stones as the old Montecito Water pump station on the far left.  A running oasis, with palms that will grow in water,  completed the idea. This design, done in the early 2000's, became a non-starter.  Land that  once drowned everything in too much water, dried up in minimal water and drought conditions.

Here is a garden designed and never built, interesting because of the changing nature of water availability.  This field is in Montecito off  East Valley Road. The owners wanted a landscape plan for the field, which became a pond in winter rains and nothing they tried grew there. The Romantic Garden plan was a series of raised beds full of water-friendly papyrus, built from similar creek stones as the old Montecito Water pump station on the far left.  A running oasis, with palms that will grow in water,  completed the idea. This design, done in the early 2000's, became a non-starter.  Land that  once drowned everything in too much water, dried up in minimal water and drought conditions.