Every now and then I go to a business park or an office building and I look at the landscaping: eight of these, 10 of these, six of the same tree, repeat. Sure, it looks orderly. But it looks…unnatural. Makes me uncomfortable.
I look at my 289 native plants and I think: forests don’t grow in an offset grid on five-foot centers. For the money I paid in ‘planning,’ plants, and labor, it could have been done better. A hundred plants at twice the size would have had an immediate impact and maybe I’d be mitigated in half the time! The same number of plants arranged in a more natural way would have been good too, particularly if any attention had been paid to the light, water, and exposure needs of the plant. What if a plan had been drawn up and given to me, with the intention of installing and nurturing it over the next five ye–wait: I’m having an idea.
There was a Mitigation Plan in place when construction began. The City and the Planner changed it when construction was complete. There was no bond requirement at the beginning, that was a component added later. I could raise the plants installed by the Planner as though they were baby birds, and the City and the Planner could change on me. They seem to have a ‘thing.’ Or I could go off the grid…the five-foot grid, that is. Oh yeah. I’m a rebel. I just got a whole lot sexier, didn’t I?