School Garden for LAUSD

This school garden was designed to teach and inspire. A circular path was designed so that every planter has wheelchair access, while maintaining as much planting space as possible. Planters are built of either 2 inch or 4 inch pieces of reclaimed redwood which interlock to create a continuous landscape around the garden. A shed takes a prominent position in this design to give the garden visual identity within the school grounds, but also to collect rainwater. A composting bin helps provide nutrient-rich soil and a section of native California plants teaches kids about their local climate and habitat.
Unfortunately, schools in the LAUSD have had all their open space paved with asphalt–the worst part being that arsenic was put down before the asphalt, meaning that serious remediation needs to happen if the asphalt were to be removed. So, these gardens will sit directly on top of the asphalt, and we will have to take extra precautions to keep the planters cool and full of nutrients.
Unfortunately, schools in the LAUSD have had all their open space paved with asphalt–the worst part being that arsenic was put down before the asphalt, meaning that serious remediation needs to happen if the asphalt were to be removed. So, these gardens will sit directly on top of the asphalt, and we will have to take extra precautions to keep the planters cool and full of nutrients.
This school garden was designed to teach and inspire. A circular path was designed so that every planter has wheelchair access, while maintaining as much planting space as possible. Planters are built of either 2 inch or 4 inch pieces of reclaimed redwood which interlock to create a continuous landscape around the garden. A shed takes a prominent position in this design to give the garden visual identity within the school grounds, but also to collect rainwater. A composting bin helps provide nutrient-rich soil and a section of native California plants teaches kids about their local climate and habitat.