“The application of integrated mediation in the garden planning Hi, nice, coming, want the garden immediately once looking at?” Usually starts as a conversation in which it comes to the creation of a garden. I’m Susanne Elnain Sage, garden and landscape architect and as a trained mediator also the interests and needs of my clients specialized to find out. But first, I let the garden owners tell why they called me, what they imagine, about the creation of the garden, and what is actually expected of such a garden. Garden lovers are special people. You are accustomed to working, down to Earth, connected with nature and the seasons and sometimes I notice that the garden has become life and mission. Now I stand before you, and hear the stories but suppose that other aspects play a role I begin always with an inventory. As in a mediation we look at together, what it actually is, and who is affected. Ideally I would like to have everyone at the table and find out who uses the garden, are the favorite flowers, favorite colors in the trend on the basis of a catalogue of questions, and whether a barrier-free of mud-play area for the children is desired design or dear.
And then we come most quickly to the actual needs. That gardening is reminiscent of their own childhood, contacts with the garden neighbors play an important role, the garden is a haven, stimulates creativity and once their work is rewarded by others. The diversity really knows no bounds. Just as the people concerned. I get clues, feel the ideas and needs and usually the garden people themselves, pretend the solution for garden planning as in a mediation. And then it is up to me to fill the frame.
It stimulates my creativity now and as I explore my resources and databases to the point where the radiation shows me in the eyes of my clients, I found the right design. This is really fun! The neutral person who helped my clients to find your garden solution was also as a landscape architect. And the garden planning content filled by me meets the mediation contract, its consent from using in the eyes of garden people reading is. Now, I do not claim that gardening and landscape architecture resembles more a mediation. But it is nice to see in what areas the application of integrated mediation can create satisfactory solutions. Susanne Elnain Sage, landscape architect and mediator