where to start
Isabel has contributed to this forum in a very positive fashion but her recent post has me wondering if the notion of 'DESIGN' is too big, a scary subject that turns people off. Mad tripper has us wondering if plant arrangements within a well designed landscape are that important or perhaps if generally people can't tell the difference.
In any other field a designer is called upon to dot 'I's' and cross 'T's' but if the 'T' stands for tree and the 'I' for the ivy that grows up it we are working with a dimension that has a mind of its own.
People who drop in to this forum are not the people I work for although some are the people I work with and although we haven't had a pro versus amateur question for awhile Isabel's question and Madtripper speaks to that same dilemma.
Garden designers are often asked to justify what they do especially if Madtripper is right that most people can't tell the difference anyway.