The first landscape plan I drew took a space and divided it in the center creating four equal quadrants that narrow paths moved between. -I spent a lot of time looking at the Sunset series of publications on landscapes and gardens- My drawing was on a legal pad. Into the design studio walked my dad's boss; "Look at that! What do you got there? Those some hedges?" I replied, "No. Those are railroad ties." My dad was at the main drafting table working and I was at a flat top desk in the middle of the room. Maybe I should have labeled the railroad ties, but I couldn't write yet, I was four.
The image above is the type of template I was playing with that day. It is the "basics" - as for drafting templates - landscapers draw with.
I've had it here in the tool kit for at least 15 years. Certainly I will never use it. Its value for designing is pretty much zero. But I keep it around.
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