Pisgah Environmental Education Center: Wildlife Garden, Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Blending native plants, an understanding of wildlife habitat requirements, and a landscape aesthetic that invites exploration, familiarity, and appreciation, this demonstration garden fuses teaching and learning objectives with sensory delights. This native plant garden is part of Project W.I.L.D., a state-wide and nation-wide environmental education program.

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We designed three prototypical wildlife gardens, one for each of North Carolina’s major geographic regions, and prepared design and construction documents for the mountain region garden as shown. This garden was designed to demonstrate how wildlife habitat and garden aesthetics can be blended into a rich, satisfying landscape. This garden at Pisgah Forest uses only plants indigenous to the mountain region of North Carolina.

This garden is one of several used by school groups from across the state as a living laboratory. The individual plans for each geographic region of the state were prepared as prototypes and further developed as workshop packages. The prototypical plans provide guidance for the construction of smaller learning gardens at individual schools.