Portal for flahertylandscape

I write stories, set in exotic geographies, about people who have unusual, captivating and inspiring interactions with plants, gardens and landscapes…the people most often emerging better.

These are stories for people who normally work hard, long hours and don’t have time for vacations, holidays or relaxing; but do have 5 or 10 minutes here and there…for ‘pop-up’ refreshments.

This is the portal for my landscape stories, they are fiction. But they are real. A walk in the landscape is about unforeseen discoveries.

Discover a portal, cross the threshold…unpredictable, unimaginable, indescribable, transcendent…all possible…

Discover a portal, cross the threshold…unpredictable, unimaginable, indescribable, transcendent…all possible…

I have worked for decades with gardens, landscapes and plants. I have learned there are exhilarating portals revealed via each of the different human physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual interactions with gardens, landscapes, plants.  So, I write stories about gardens, landscapes and plants–stories with discoverable portals.

…listen carefully, my friend, there are clues…

The 23 Club: In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, amidst a team of unpredictable rogues and white collar mercenary colleagues, an American expatriate landscape architect following his landscape obsession, has taken a challenge to build a protected enclave of luxurious gardens in the unforgiving…the unpredictable sand dune landscape of the Empty Quarter.

Crystal Vision: An expatriate American, a mid-career landscape architect–for six years building and living in a new town in Saudi Arabia–must embark on his own pilgrimage which takes him through the peculiar gardens and landscapes of Thailand and Switzerland, tracking a singular clue left by his recently deceased close friend and office colleague.

Yellow Dreams: To finish his last university class, a self directed design study, an American landscape architecture student goes to Morocco for six months where he is twisted by the deafening roar of the North African landscape complexities, endangering the completion of his study and his graduation.

The Orient Express: Mingling in the coffee shops of Vienna, this story and its characters weave threads from Letchworth, United Kingdom–Brussels, Belgium–St Petersburg, Russia–Istanbul, Turkey–Murren, Switzerland as five graduates from the International School of Brussels, as part of their 25 year alumni reunion engage in a deathly strange international scavenger hunt through gardens and landscapes–the winner to receive $50 million.

Thank you, Edward Flaherty, ASLA


About me:

I am an American, and have been a landscape person all my life.  Grandfather was a gardener at home, and a construction inspector at work.  A lot of my genes came from him.

Something made me write.

In the following landscape architecture design, construction, and maintenance projects completed in the last eight years, I, along with huge teams, had responsibilities for the real world results.

These projects, most importantly informed my writing portals on people, plants, gardens, landscapes.

They are all HD, all less than one minute long, and they are all growing from the Empty Quarter, the Rub al Khali.


Rub al Khali Enigma: the Empty Quarter in the Arabian Peninsula, what it is.



Dreams: how to get from dreams to fiction to reality, Atlantis Dubai 2008.



Empty Quarter: transforming cross-cultural realties, harsh environments into restful shelter, Qasr al Sarab 2010.



Golf Academy in the Empty Quarter?


23 thoughts on “Portal for flahertylandscape

  1. Thanks for connecting with me on Linked n. These look fascinating and just from reading the home page, touch on similar life interests… I’m a landscape designer and horticulturist, a garden writer who has been told I should also write romantic novels, have visited Morocco and Tangier, lived in the middle east and love the fusion of cultures and the places where they meet. Though I have little time for reading, this looks like something I will love.

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  2. The combination of landscape, fiction, and art in your blog is fascinating and something of a mystery.

    The story of landscape in my life is a story of a longing to create art with the pallet of nature, discovering what is real, by playing with the raw materials of creation. Recently, my interest in landscape has become one of practicality…the return to the old ways, utilizing the elements of nature for more than spaces of beauty and wonder — utilizing personal space for growing food — the edible landscape.

    Whether fiction, art or practical, there is no doubt that a landscape is an influence on the lives of the people and animals in its midst.

    Blessings on your adventure.

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    • Thanks Becky for sharing your landscape perceptions. I hope others of you do, too.

      I like Becky’s varied layer approach to landscape…mental to the real in art; and utilizing personal space for growing food…both essential in their own ways but the last–the edible landscape, in these days, is so very important.

      Becky made me think that I need to say that my landscape stories are challenging and not focussed on neo-romantic beauty and wonder…why not beauty and wonder? Well, heck most of you have that right outside your front door or at the edge of your neighborhood.😉 Don’t need someone else’s second hand experience, right!

      I write my landscape stories like a walk through a garden, through a landscape…places that are a bit familiar but, at any given time you can, in a relaxed sort of way, just discover something, or find something fun…or awesome. Those are the landscape stories…plot secondary…characters secondary…the journey through them–primary!

      Listen, I am convinced that I don’t need to lead any reader by the nose. Each reader brings important resources on the journey through my landscape stories. In recognition of those individual resources, I provide opportunities for discovery within the many landscape threads in the stories.

      I set up the stories to have, in summary, four fundamental, discrete yet interweaving, layers of experience–sensual, emotional, intellectual and spiritual…these give a variety of entries…doors…windows, for a variety of readers into the unforeseen.

      You all can take it from there. Have fun, enjoy the reading.

      PS: As the author, I will never give you the answer. That is your challenge as a reader…exactly as it is in life.


  3. Hi Edward!
    I love the concept and connection that you’ve made as life being a landscape in and of itself. I see much truth among the layers of it – much like an onion. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Sunny regards, Heidi

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  4. Strange that–stories without ends–strange package–like opening a wrapped present again and again without ever getting to the present. Does that say something about a life condition we all face? Oh, don’t mind me–I’m heading outside for a walk. All the best, Grant!🙂


  5. I stepped away from my existential response to Grant Richard Jones above by saying I was ‘heading outside for a walk’. I am attaching an audio file which is music from the Bernese Oberland group, Edelwyss-Starnen. They sing the last verse of Mys Alpli, their alps. High in the Berner Oberland, an alp is a field, a pasture, a productive piece of mountain land where animals can be grazed. Thus in the background of this you can hear the bells of the sheep, goats and cows. These people share their love of the landscape and its animals in their music.

    Listen to that, let it find its way from your ears to your heart–that is a walk outside.🙂


  6. I like the your approach much from gardens, to … all types of interactions with the landscapes!
    I experience the landscape and write about it when it becomes embedded in me…thanks for visiting my blog – – you introduced me indirectly to your blog!

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  7. You can unfollow someone. On your profile in the right panel, below your list of friends, there is a section called People XXX is Following. Click that heading and it will take you to a list of people you follow. To the right of each person are options to Add as Friend, or Stop Following.


  8. Mr. Edward,
    Thanks for visiting my Blog and putting your likes.
    I was amazed to see and browse your Blog and have followed it also.
    I shall come and read other posts in due course.
    I felt that a person like you who can write such beautiful articles and has such wonderful thoughts should be commenting on my Posts.
    Please do not mistake me.
    Thanks again or your visit.

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  9. Thank you for the ‘like’, Edward. It’s amazing how much setting, in real life or in a short story, can impact what can occur or be told. Interesting concept. : )


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