The city of Charleston has been very supportive of the effort to beautify Magic Island, and provided the mulch and topsoil for the project, Dinsmore said. City workers also removed several bushes along the walking paths, to make room for the flower gardens.
The wildflower gardens also are low-maintenance and will flourish in the park's sandy soil, Dinsmore said. The cost for entire project is about $800.
Seacrist and Dinsmore graduated from West Virginia University School of Landscape Architecture last May. The school is one of the top 10 programs in the United States, Seascrist said.
Yet there are only about 100 licensed landscape architects in West Virginia, and only about 40 members in the state chapter of ASLA -- the smallest chapter behind Alaska, he said.
Landscape architecture is not a well-known profession, but it is quickly gaining prominence across the nation among architectural and engineering firms who want to add environmental and sustainability aspects to design projects, Dinsmore said.
One of the goals of the state ASLA chapter is to educate youth and communities about the profession, and introduce them to a "green future," Dinsmore said.
Dinsmore has spoken at four areas schools about landscape architecture and is optimistic he recruited a few students into the expanding and creative field.
For more information about the American Society of Landscape Architects' West Virginia chapter, visit www.wvasla.org or call 304-769-0822.
Reach Veronica Nett at veroni...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.