Mark Simmons

  • Agree with Ken and Blake. There’s also some nurseries that specialize in natives. Yerba Buena Nursery south of SF has a demonstration garden with labeled plants and the owners are VERY knowledgeable. Also, North Coast Nursery and Cal Flora in Sonoma County. Also, it’s good to be mindful of the fact that California has many totaly different native…[Read more]

  • I’ve noticed that windows in bootcamp runs incredibly fast on my new macbook (even faster than on my Dell laptop and seemingly faster than Mac operations in OSX…weird) even if it feels a little “out of control” sometimes. The touchpad sensitivity is extreme. I’m not sure why it would behave differently on the same computer when in Windows vs. )…[Read more]

  • That’s helpful, Lee. I’m thinking I’m just going to get Photoshop for Mac even though it’s more expensive. Then I’ll just use Windows/Bootcamp for AutoCad. I’m having some trouble getting the MacBook touchpad to work efficiently in Windows (when running applications like Word). Not sure why. I’m not able to highlight/delete, etc. Not sure if…[Read more]

  • Thanks for responding Joshua, that’s the line of thinking i’ve been heading towards. It makes sense to run OS native software on Mac, even though it’s more expensive to purchase. Do you have experience running Autocad on bootcamp (versus Parallels), and how well the response is?

  • Versailles is well worth a visit once in a lifetime. It’s grand and over the top, but classic. You’ll get a good sense of what Andre LeNotre’s great shaft of space means. I agree that unless you’re really into Baroque interiors, skip the indoor door. When I was there with friends we had a picnic in the gardens, along with hundreds of other people.…[Read more]

  • Mark Simmons posted an update in the group Group logo of Irrigation DesignIrrigation Design 14 years, 3 months ago

    Hello, I’m looking for some education advice. How important is it to take an irrigation course? The LA program I’m in doesn’t offer anything regarding irrigation.

  • Has anyone seen a CA native develop over time? I’m interested in how native gardens survive in the real world of residencia. I’m using my own yard as a test, having just planted about 50 various species. They’re all infants right now, but I’m very excited to see how they grow,

  • Mark Simmons replied to the topic Atlanta in the forum PLACES & SPACES 14 years, 5 months ago

    I was only in Atlanta for a day but managed to get a taste of things. I visited Piedmont Park and the gardens, which were georgeous, even in winter, Centennial Park, and drove through Virginia Highlands neighborhood. I wasn’t sure what to llook for in the highlands, only saw houses and shops. It is a charming neighborhood. I must have missed the…[Read more]

  • Mark Simmons replied to the topic Atlanta in the forum PLACES & SPACES 14 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks for responding, Jason. I’ll be in a car, but I’d like to centralize and walk as much as possible. or take public transport, if possible. I only have an afternoon and evening, actually, but would like to see a couple of sites at least. Piedmont Park seems pretty central, it seems, at least according to a map I have. I just saw the news about…[Read more]

  • Mark Simmons replied to the topic Atlanta in the forum PLACES & SPACES 14 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks for your reply.
    The city. I’m in transit for a couple days in Atlanta while en route to Tennessee, so I’m open to suggestions as to where to stay and what to see. I hear the botanical gardens are nice. Is centennial park easy to find?

  • Thanks for all the great advice! Wow, I’m still not sure what to do but love hearing the conversation.

  • I’ve seen other students who’ve had Mike Lin’s workshop, and as professional as it looks, it kind of all looks the same to me.

  • Thanks Amy,
    I’ve been taking coursework with Berkeley’s Extension program (history, graphics, intro to design, etc) but am hopefully beginning an MLA program in Tennessee Virginia next year. I like the idea of learning more hand drawing and drafting skills, which I think take much longer to learn than computer skills, but am not really sure how…[Read more]

  • Thanks, Lisa, for the suggestions on what to see in Seattle. I rented a bike and spent an entire day riding around Seattle from park to park. I was amazed at how beautiful this city is, and really impressed by all the landscapes. I hope to go back again soon to see some things that I missed.

  • Thanks a lot, Lisa. I will only be in Seattle for 24 hours and I’ll try to see as much as I can.

  • I look forward to it!

  • Hey Dean,
    You were right about the small botanical garden at UT Knoxville. It was charming. And you’re right , the people were incredibly friendly. It was refreshing. We didn’t get to see much else in Knoxville, I’m thinking of moving there temporarily for personal reasons, and am looking in the MLA program at UT.
    Saw the Sun tower. Not sure what…[Read more]

  • Thanks Dean,
    I’ll try to check out the botanical gardens this weekend when I go this weekend.

    Dean Hill, ASLA said:

    Hey Mark… Hmmm…downtown Knoxville, well about the only thing downtown is World’s Fair Park. This is also where the Sun Tower??? is located. For some reason, the World’s Fair was held in Knoxville back when. There is a very nice…

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  • I’ve never attended a graphics workshop, but it seems like it might be really helpful, considering there’s not a lot of drawing/sketching training in school. Anyone have any thoughts if it’s worth spending the money and time on a graphics workshop?

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