Darn Those Landscape Architects!

If I heard it once, I heard it a million times: “The final landscape plan shall strive to be a model for the community with a focus on removal of invasive species and planting of indigenous species”.

And then something like this follows: “Species Palette: Birch, Eastern Red Cedar…” NOT indigenous (birch) except maybe to a ravine, and thisclose to invasive (cedar).

Or I read, “Our plant palette includes coneflowers, black eyed susans, sky blue asters, and prairie dropseed”, as if they were the only plants in a woods, a wetland, or a prairie. Could we at least hear that you are planting a milkweed for the Monarch butterflies?

AAAAAGHHHHH. Can you landscape architects get it right, please? Do you ever crack a book on ecology or take a botany seminar?

Landscape architects and municipal foresters who let landscape architects get away with nonsense should know better and do WAY better. And they should stop planting crap in our ecosystems. Especially when saying that they are “models” of ecologic design.

Between Forest Park, Northwestern Hospital, and Whole Foods–all in Lake Forest–I can’t even fathom what might be happening in the larger region. Help us all to call their bluff: the Emperor has no clothes.##

Posted on by weedpatchgazette in Birds, Bugs & Butterflies, Conservation and Ecology, Environmental Protection, Landscape Architecture, Plants, Public Gardens and Parks

5 Responses to Darn Those Landscape Architects!

  1. Pauline Mohr

    So, Rommy, could you get some help from Open Lands–a little support?

  2. Paul Bergmann

    The City of Lake Forest desperately needs city and urban planning. The City needs a landscape architect on staff along with an urban planner to define the types and styles of construction throughout the City.
    These planners would create a format for urban development and landscape environments throughout Lake Forest and set the standards under which new projects would be designed and landscaped.
    A landscape architect in Lake Forest would need to be trained in ravine, forest & prairie environments–all different ecosystems.
    The urban planner should be able to save us from all the public energy that went into the Whole Foods debacle. The setbacks & tree cutting issues should have been mostly resolved before going to City council, etc.
    Not having this planning capacity makes LF look very unsophisticated and provincial.

  3. Ginene Nagel

    I have wondered about this many times and not just in the landscape architect field. Does education stop after one is handed a degree?

  4. Chris Siqueira

    Our Milkweed collection is tall and blooming and filling the air with with such a sweet scent, but I haven’t seen any Monarchs yet-

  5. Cindy Mitchell

    Great seeing you at “Etta James”

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