Check this out and let us know what you think of it – coz it’s already generated some potentially juicy disagreement.
I saw it this morning and reacted strongly against the "gardens" shown in the slide show. Not exactly spaces I’d find myself drawn to – to enjoy the beauty of a wide variety of plants at their most lush and healthy. Really, aren’t landscapes this austere destined to appeal to an awfully small audience?
Then I see Ketzel Levine’s interesting reaction to the story. First she’s right-on in coming to the defense of xeriscapes because they CAN be absolutely gorgeous. But then she takes exception to this quote from the article:
… the message of conservation and environmental
responsibility cannot be couched in punitive terms if it is to succeed.
"People shouldn’t have to make a choice between beauty and
sustainability," Ms. Cochran said. "Our work is designed so that I am
able to say to our clients during a presentation, ‘Oh, and by the way,
its also sustainable.’ "
Ketzel’s criticism being:
It’s a solid-enough article for the NYT, but if you’re not among the
privileged and the monied –who often seem to lack the great, good
sense that they have to share the planet — this last quote may stick
in your throat.
My throat’s pretty clear of obstacles and I’ve expressed those sentiments myself, so readers, please enlighten me.