It turns out that if were keeping up with my reading I would see a parallel discussion in a recent issue of LA Magazine that looks at one of my favorite examples of ecological design. Crosby Arboretum, in Picayune, Mississippi gets featured as a place where visitors have slowly changed from confused to appreciative. Where the experiences used to be like this:
“Excuse me, can you tell me where the arboretum is?” she asked.
“You are standing in it,” I replied.
Now they are getting visitors who understand the experience and maybe willbe pushing them harder to do exciting things. It isn't just Crosby; the article mentioned Darrel Morrison's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Ecological design is changing the way people perceive natural landscape.