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Field Course: Landscape Potential: Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design

September 28, 2024 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join landscape architect, Preston Montague, for a design workshop that will help you make informed decisions about issues facing you in the landscape.

Preston will present tenets of ecological landscape design he applies in his practice as a professional landscape architect. Participants will learn about the ecosystem services they may design into their outdoor spaces that will boost resources for pollinating insects, birds and other wildlife. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their most pressing landscape challenges and aspirations to the workshop for Preston to consider.

Participants are asked to bring either 8.5”x11” color photos or digital photos of a landscape condition they want to explore during class. Though Preston will not be able to fully resolve landscape challenges for participants, solutions can be developed through conversation if photos are provided.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. Montague’s latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy, which can be viewed on this website: www.prestonmontague.com

Program Itinerary
10:00am – 4:00pm: Presentation and workshop in the Wilson Center with lunch break around noon.

What’s included?
Your program cost includes admission into the park, field instruction and transportation during your program. It does not include meals or lodging. Bringing a bagged lunch is recommended for most field courses. Mildred’s Grill will be open for participants to purchase lunch if they choose to do so. Tips are not accepted for field courses. However, donations to the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation are accepted if you would like to recognize a program.

This event costs $60 for general admission and $51 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club – plus tax. Registration opens below on August 2, 2024, at 10 a.m. Limited to 20 participants.

General Clothing List
The course will be indoors, though participants should be prepared for a brief walk outside.


  • Daypack with enough room to carry extra clothing, water, lunch, camera, etc.
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen


Equipment Specific to this Course:

  • Photos of project area as outlined above


Adult Field Courses generally sell out and have a waiting list associated with the event. If you cannot attend the field course that you are registered for, a full refund will be granted within a five-day notice of the day of the field course. This allows time for individuals on the waiting list to make accommodations to attend the event. We ask that individuals who are sick with any illness to stay home to ensure the health and safety of other participants, our staff, and the field course instructors – refunds will be granted to these individuals.


September 28, 2024
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:

Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
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