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Rick Anderson's Journals
Dennison, OH 44621
OVERVIEW: Rick Anderson is a Landscape Designer, consultant, builder, lecturer, writer, teacher and artist who’s main working materials are stone and water. Rick contributes numerous articles to magazines, speaks at national conferences and has worked throughout the U.S. By his travel, study, appreciation of the natural world, and all things involved; Rick is able to interpret this in lectures, writings and the design of space in the landscape.
Philosophy of Design Forum, Founder. First forum was in 1997 with focus on creativity. The POD Forum was started to provide an outlet for landscape designers to come together and dialogue on issues that were of concern.
Whispering Crane Institute, Co-Founder along with Richard Dube’. Initially formed as a vehicle to host and support POD, WCI provides outstanding educational and visionary outreach to the Green Industry. WCI has put on programs throughout the USA.
Ston Wurks, a design/build business known for using stone in traditional, modern, and unique ways. Stone and water features are another important element, as is landscape design.
American Seminar Leaders Association; Certified Seminar leader.
Community Design Center of Columbia, South Carolina; CDCC Chair 1998-2000. Board Member 1996-2000.
Association of Professional Landscape Designers, APLD. Founding member. Served two terms on the Board of Directors. Conference Chair for the 1996 annual meeting held in Charleston, SC.
Midlands Technical College, Certificate Program. Instructor for Landscape Design (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), Landscape Construction, Landscape Graphics (Beginner and Advanced), 1997-2000.
Carolina Children’s Garden, Columbia, SC. Lead design and layout for the gardens. Consulted with all designers of individual gardens. This is an ongoing project.
“Ascension” A 270 ton stone sculpture at a major entryway into the City of Columbia, SC. Commissioned by the Columbia Appearance Commission.
“Pushing the Design Envelope” a series of workshops developed by WCI for APLD. A multi-city tour 1998.
“Zimmerman Lecture Series” Chicago Botanical Gardens. Lecture title, “The Request of the Stone.” 1996.
Whispering Crane Institute Founded 1997 to present
Co-Founder Dennison, OH
Design/Consult for several landscape firms, and the design/building of stone and water features. Whispering Crane Institute was formed as a Green Industry, “think tank” and as a vehicle to promote the Philosophy of Design Forum. WCI produces seminars, lectures, workshops, symposiums, and printed material in support of this endeavor. I am now working as sole-proprietor of this venture.
Lake Cable Nursery May 2001 to July 2003
Consultant/Designer Canton, OH
Consult/Design/Build landscape design. Responsible for estimates, consulting, design, and overseeing installation. Other responsibilities included ordering materials, marketing, interviewing, designing displays, retail water garden display, and training employees for installation work. All part-time.
Mulhall’s March 2000 to March 2001
Consultant Omaha, NE
Design/Consult/Build on all aspects of water and stone, and boulder placement, water gardens, water features, and retail water gardening. Sales improved from $80,000 to $400,000. Stone and boulder purchase (tonnage). Also responsible for ordering all materials relating to water features.
Ston Wurks Founded 1985 to 2000
Owner Columbia, SC
A design/build company providing landscape design, consulting and specialty installation. Unique combinations of stone, wood and water. Sculptural elements.
APLD; Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Founding Member
GWAA; Garden Writers of America
TSF, The Stone Foundation
IGS, International Water Garden Society
NAWGS, National Association of Water Gardening Society
ANLA, American Nursery & Landscape Association
GCLA Community Service Award, 1998
American Horticultural Society, Sculptural site-amenities on display in the children’s
Garden in Alexandria, VA.
University of Akron 1974-1975, 1982, 1984, 2002
Coursework; History and Philosophy Akron, OH
Authored the following articles:
Columnist, Swimming Pool/Spa Age News 09/2003
Finding China, WaterShapes 11/2002
Pond Perfection, WaterShapes 5/2002
A Stream Comes to Life, WaterShapes 10/2000
Stream-Lined Effects, WaterShapes 6-7/2000
Cutting a Channel, WaterShapes 4/2000
Water Features in the Natural World, Landscape & Irrigation 3/2000
“Last Lap”, Swimming Pool/Spa Age News 02/2000
Where Streams Live, WaterShapes 8/1999
Locating a Backyard Pond, Gardening Know-How 7-8/1999
Upgrading your Curb Appeal, Gardening Know-How 7-8/1999
Soothing Sounds, WaterShapes 6/1999
“Spring”, Avenues, Spring 1999
Unusual plants for the shade garden, Gardening Know-How 5-6/1999
Seasonal Color w/Toni Forrest, Gardening Know-How 5-6/1999
STONE w/Toni Forrest, Gardening Know-How 3-4/1999
Feng Shui w/Toni Forrest, Gardening Know-How 1-2/1999
Site-Amenities, Landscape & Irrigation 8/1997
Pistachia Chinensis, Arbor Age 8/199
The Sights and Sounds of Water, Landscape & Irrigation 4/1997
Cornus Florida, Arbor Age 3/1997
Quercus Florida, Arbor Age 1/1997
Pathlight-not Runway Lights, Landscape & Irrigation 12/1996
Don’t let Hardscapes be a Drain, Landscape Design 11/1996
A View with a Room, Landscape Design 8/1996
Ephemeral Design, Landscape Design 6-7/1996
Night-Lighting, Landscape & Irrigation 4/1996
Rock of Ages, Landscape Design 4/1996
Bricks and Stones will . . . , Landscape Design 10/1995
When Water Features Nature, Landscape Design 5/1995
Following articles/stories biographical in nature:
“Carolina Children’s Garden”, The State Newspaper, several occasions
“Ascension”, The State Newspaper 3/1997, 4/1997
“Ascension”, Columbia Business Monthly 4/1997
“Ascension”, Columbian Metropolitan 5/1997
Personal profile, APLD News Spring 1994
Work featured in:
“Natural Stonescapes”, Dube & Campbell, Storey Books, 1999.
“A Child’s Garden”, Dannenmaier, Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Rick has received numerous national commissions to speak on a wide range of topics; landscape design, construction, ponds, waterfalls, stone, stone placement, philosophy, business practices, creativity, motivation, and the natural world. Some of the locations and organizations include:
American Nursery and Landscape Assoc., Mgmt. Clinic-Louisville, KY, 2004, “A Critical Look at Stone and Water”.
The Stone Foundation: annual symposium, 10/05 “naturalistic stone and water”
International Pool and Spa Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, 11/2003, Half-day workshop, “A Collaborative Approach With Landscape Designers”.
Spring and Summer series of hour-long presentations for Mulhall’s Nursery and Garden Center.
Midlands Master Gardeners Association – Spring Symposium 2000 at The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden entitled “The Sounds of Water”.
APLD, several dates and location.
“Pushing the Design Envelope”, a WCI and APLD collaboration, a four-city tour on expanding the designer’s skills and abilities in residential landscape design.
American Nursery and Landscape Assoc., Mgmt. Clinic-Louisville, KY, 1995, “Stone Techniques”.
Zimmerman Lecture Series; Chicago Botanical Garden, “Stone”.
Cleveland Botanical Garden; “Landscape Design”.
American Horticultural Society, Children’s Garden Symposium.
WCI - Philosophy of Design Conference 1997, “Creativity”.
WCI – Philosophy of Design Forum, 1998, “Our relationship with the Land”.
WCI-Philosophy of Design Forum 1999, “Water”.
Southeastern Landscape Designers Symposium ’97, ’98, ’99. Day long workshops on various topics including symbiotic relationships, client-designer interaction, creating positive emotional results, value of design, new directions in hardscape design, water-more than you think.
Other WCI seminar topics have included gardening renaissance, Feng Shui, creating harmony through garden design, landscape graphics workshops, advanced design theory, designing and installing the home landscape, how to sell it, conflict management, and landscape design in the next millennium.