Recently, California Garden & Landscape History Society members stopped by to tour and hear a presentation about Don McLaren’s [son of John McLaren, designer of SF’s Golden Gate Park] blueprint for Wildwood Farm.
Often times, we study the past to gain a better understanding of current events. While reflecting is important, building something new can be much more rewarding.
Studying books and looking at glossy pictures is fine. Sooner or later, the shovel is going to have to hit the soil. And things don't have to get much more complicated than digging.
Just remember to water your plants!