In a state that’s often described as a red state, it’s not unusual for homeowners to be reluctant to install any new landscaping on their property.
And even if a homeowner is willing to buy a new home, they’ll likely be hesitant to move the entire house to an urban setting.
In Montana, though, many homeowners say they’re happy to do it.
The state has a long tradition of making its landscapes a destination for the whole family.
When Montana was a state in the early 19th century, the state’s native land, the Great Plains, was the focus of the state.
In the early 1900s, it became the home to the first permanent population in Montana.
Today, the country’s second-largest state has more than 100,000 residents, nearly all of them in the West.
A handful of towns, including the city of Helena and the town of Montana City, have been named the top three largest cities in the U.S. by the National Geographic Society.
But Montana’s landscape is still very much a part of the landscape.
The State of Montana’s Great Plains landscape, created in the mid-1800s, is the focus for many of the world’s best landscape architects, like James O’Keefe and Stephen M. Dolan.
Dwayne D. Duren, an associate professor of landscape architecture at Montana State University, said the state has had a long history of landscape design, but his favorite moment is when he and his wife, Kathy, visited Yellowstone National Park in Yellowstone National Forest and saw the massive landscapes of Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lakes.
“The landscape of Yellowstone is a stunning example of landscape in Montana,” Duren said.
In recent years, Montana has taken a bold stance on landscape architecture.
It’s a state with a strong history of designing for the landscape, and the new landscape architect at Montana City is a former landscape architect for the state, Duren told Business Insider.
“They are very progressive in how they go about designing landscapes, and that is what I’ve been looking for,” Dolan said.
“They are not afraid to say ‘no’ to things.”
Duren said that the landscape architect in Montana City works closely with the landscape designer at Montana to make sure that each landscape has its own personality and is designed to compliment the surrounding landscape.
“You can see a lot of that in Montana, where they don’t feel like you can do too much,” he said.
The city has recently installed an urban-style landscape that incorporates a new green space called the Green Spaces Garden.
“It’s not just an urban garden, but it’s an urban landscape that is a mix of native plants and native vegetation,” Doren said.
The new landscape features a canopy of native trees, grasses, shrubs, flowers and other vegetation, with a garden and an outdoor seating area.
The new landscape also features a small lake that sits in the middle of the lake.
“We wanted to create a green space where people could be immersed in nature, but also still have their own little community,” Dorens said.
“I think it’s very inspiring,” Daren said.
For the most part, landscape architecture in Montana is relatively affordable, but the city has seen a few high-end projects like the $15 million-plus Green Spaces Park, Daren noted.
“I think the city definitely is going to be able to pull it off,” he added.
Duren also said that Montana City has recently launched a new urban design competition called “The Urban Garden.”
“I’m really proud of that because the city is very progressive,” he told Business Ink.
“You can’t say, ‘Oh, we don’t do this because it’s too expensive.’
You have to think about what’s in the best interest of the city, and what the community wants.”