Written by Dasha Morgan
A New Generation Carries on Western North Carolina’s Legacy of Landscape Architecture
In Western North Carolina there is a community of talented, knowledgeable, and able landscape architects who have had a significant impact on our terrain.
The region’s long history of noteworthy landscape architecture began with the famed work of Frederick Law Olmsted at Biltmore Estate in the 1890s and continues today through residential projects and monuments as wide-ranging as the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church’s Asheville campus to the North Carolina Arboretum.
According to the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects, there are 24 firms listed in the Asheville area, and many of the nation’s preeminent firms, while based elsewhere, are being tapped to contribute to and shape our regional landscape. While it is a notoriously competitive field requiring a host of skills, it’s also a rewarding one, as landscape architects reshape the Western North Carolina outdoors into works of art to be admired for generations to come.
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