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.
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
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.
A Golf Academy in the Empty Quarter?