With an engineering degree backing my horticulture degree there is always an element of wishing I had been there at construction while studying historic gardens across Europe for decades.
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About 4 years ago a client said she wanted a walled orchard.
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Oddly, I knew where it should go, how it should look, how big it should be, how many gates it should have, and what each gate should look like.
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The Orchard is coming into its own this year, and will be ready for showtime pics next year. I've taken pics starting with virgin pasture.
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Sideways learning. Knowing, with confidence, how to design the orchard. Century old bricks, each gate custom. Yes, the expense matches its wonder. Building a pool or walled orchard, without confidence, I would have to step away. Too much money on the line, for mistakes. More, it's building someone's dream, one they will have to live with. No margin for error.
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Pic, above, here.
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"He started to worry though that he would getstuck in a job doing something he didn't believe in, so he quit and moved toSpain with his wife and he started to write poetry." .

I come across sentences, above, humbly pausing. Deciding to pin the safety of life's earnings upon a garden design career, with huge blow back & fear mongering from family. Even years of pitiful earnings, never swayed my choice. After 2008's debacle to the economy, and my career trajectory stronger/better, all the previous years mount into decades, it's obvious, best choice ever.
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Joseph Campbell is right, Follow your bliss. When you get into the pure groove, all types of unseen hands, the universe itself, partakes in your bliss, along the way you get private acknowledgements that you're indeed in your groove, someone asks you to design/build an old orchard, oddly you know exactly what to do, and already have the experienced talented team to execute.
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Garden & Be Well, XOT
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There was a question about the orchard, one of the corners too close to the gravel lane. One of my favorite aspects, the lane evolved around the orchard, not the reverse. Corner & lane built as designed.

 

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