June 11, 2019
“How We Communicate”
Over the years, many of you have become friends. I know your pets, you ask about my kids, we joke and tease about life. These relationships are the most rewarding part of my work. I know that I could make a living doing any number of other things. Knowing you guys makes this the best place for me.
Much of our job here at Eden’s Image is listening when you contact us and hearing your need. I find that the better our relationship, the better I understand our communication.
We don’t all have to be friends. The most important part our service to you is the work we do, whether installing a retaining wall or testing a backflow. We do those things well and are proud of our accomplishments. You reward us with money. After that professional transaction, for me, developing connection with you is a very close second. Many of you enjoy our chats while I work. I work for those moments. Afterward you have blessed me with great games of cribbage, fresh garden produce, and good beer. One time I played a game of horse for double-or-nothing on the invoice (and won!).
Thank you for the honor of working for, and with, you. I couldn’t ask for more.
April 3, 2019
Dear Customer and Potential Friend,
I write to you today as a grateful partner in your yard. We are honored to be invited into your space. It is our joy and pleasure to help your area reflect you. I have just been considering the different goals that our many customers have for their yards.
Some folks want simplicity. We are able to lessen cleanup and pruning with our plant choices and make the yard less busy.
Others invite wildlife to dine, so their yard blossoms throughout the year. The hummingbirds and bees feel the love.
Sometimes, negating nearby sights and sounds is the goal. We plant screening shrubs and trees and add falling water.
Often a backyard is party central, with level hardscaping and ample seating.
We have enjoyed getting to know you. We hope that the work we have done in your yard made it more your’s. Are you ready for the next step of outdoor lighting? As we accent key elements, your yard is reborn at night. That brilliant birch bark which was disguised in daylight will glow in the dark. The splashing water feature turns into a sparkling explosion of light.
Again, thank you for letting us be part of your vision. I look forward to hearing about your next dream.
Ben, for the Eden’s Image Team
March 21, 2019
I recently watched the documentary of Pixar’s successful innovation in the animated film world. Pixar pioneered feature-length computer-generated movies with the likes of Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. Each of their first 6 movies set the new record for box office revenue. From the outside, it would appear that Pixar has led a charmed existence, but their success was not chancy.
Pixar began as a collaboration between George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and John Lasseter. Lucas and Jobs were giants in their respective industries already. Their experience in developing ideas and assembling teams to achieve goals is well known. My takeaway from this? Never discount the dreams of proven people. CG feature movies were not done successfully until these people decided to do them.
Pixar doesn’t cut corners on quality. Several times they scrapped movies that were in production when the idea didn’t work out. To them, the high financial cost was still less than the hit their pride would take if they put out something inferior.
The leaders at Pixar are constantly vigilant to prevent lethargy. They intentionally avoid treating their work as a ‘job’. They encourage collaboration between departments, not just department heads. They don’t treat innovation as a job title for a few people. Everyone contributes to improve the company.
Pixar’s story inspires me. We at Eden’s Image share the same great core values regarding individual investment into the success of the company. If you saw our group at work, you might have trouble picking out the boss. We take joy in our work and our working.
You may have heard me brag that I wish everyone could work with a team as strong as ours. I’m not joking when I say it. The world would be much more pleasant and productive.
Don’t be afraid to give your dreams legs. Find people who can help make them real. If your dream includes landscaping, I invite you experience our team for yourself.
March 8, 2019
Beginnings. Our yards are waking up, almost imperceptibly. Plants didn’t stop living last fall, for the most part. Instead, they exhibited the important, underrated concept of ‘rest’. All of nature takes a break now and then to rest…even homo sapiens…because the push requires a lot of energy. We at Eden’s Image follow the seasonal trends as well. Winter is our time to regroup and refresh. With spring upon us and our plans in place, we look forward with joy to beginning new relationships and finding new creativity. What do you hope for as the sun returns? What are your beginnings?
March 1, 2019
Does water call you? It speaks to me. We install water features for many reasons, none of them wrong. Our world is full of noise, straight lines, and hyper motion. It is our pleasure to create personal spaces that counter those stressers. If pavers are the bacon of landscaping (they make everything better), water features are the fine wine.
We install many types of features, from core drilled columns to woodsy streams. Engineered natural art? You bet!
Does art follow function or the other way around? We usually start with the look we want and design toward that concept. However complicated a water feature may be, a good one will appear simple.
Many people put water features in their front yard, where they spend 10% of their yard time. Why not build it in your back yard where you can see it from your patio and hear it from multiple windows?
Another important decision is whether or not to have fish. The culture of a fish pond is very involved and accommodations must be designed in from the get-go.
Whether your dream water feature is the centerpiece of your landscape or more of an accent, it will bring joy to your outdoor room.