Wish I could take credit for this one. Julia Kriz — designer at Landscape Projects, Inc. in Bethesda , MD, and a former classmate of mine at GW — created this nifty visual to illustrate how Landscape Designers are perceived by others:
My favorite image is definitely “What I think I do.” Even though the egos of Landscape Designers pale in comparison to, say, the egos of architects, let’s face it: the installation of a garden that began in your mind’s eye, that you tweaked and nudged and coaxed to perfection, has gotta give you quite a rush, a bit of a divine high, right? God may have created the skies and waters and beasts and such, but that pink-and-chartreuse themed perennial border — that’s all me, baby!
Plus, the Eddie Izzard/Stonehenge image is a total scream. While I’ve never had the pleasure of directing a crew, I can only imagine that Julia has perfectly captured the crew’s impression of the designer as some strange, eccentric perfectionist, whose instructions must seem utterly capricious at times.
Be warned, ya’ll. I think Julia Kriz is one to watch. She was one of the youngest, but most talented, of all my classmates in the GW design program. She possesses an uncommon array of talents that pretty much guarantee a promising career as a designer — she’s artistic, intellectual, original, tech-savvy, and most importantly, she’s got an incredible knowledge of and passion for plants.
Oh, wait, plus she can make funny landscape design cartoons. Watch out for this one!