Field Study: Botanic & Aesthetic Composition of Native Plant Communities
Join ecological-landscape designer Darrel Morrison, FASLA, and landscape architect Nancy Aten, PLA, ASLA, for a five-day workshop in the beauty of New York's Black Rock Forest Consortium in Cornwall, New York. Back by popular demand, this course will focus on the botanic composition, aesthetic character, and ecological dynamics of native plant communities in the New York City region. Field work and studio exercises draw on a combination of scientific and artistic approaches, including plot (quadrat) and line (transect) sampling exercises to determine the frequency and abundance of plant species. Plant mapping will be done to learn characteristic plant distribution patterns.

These exercises will be supplemented with an artistic approach: quick diagnostic sketches of individual plant species; pencil, ink, or even watercolor interpretations of the "aesthetic essence" of different plant communities; and will include writing descriptions of the distinguishing lines, forms, and colors in specific plant communities, as well as students' emotional responses to them.

This 5-day, field study program is intended as a "total immersion" workshop at the Black Rock Forest Consortium, with students being in residence at the 3850-acre site, with its rich variety of native plant communities, without the distraction of commuting.

Prerequisite: Students should have a background in botany, ecology and/or landscape design, or some general knowledge of native plants.

Please note: Fee does not include food, travel, or lodging. Lodging for four nights at Black Rock Forest is $160 (tax included). Call Jack Caldwell at 845-534-4517 for more information and to reserve your spot.
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