The Green Team, a recycling program at Mt. Washington Elementary, collects bottles and cans every Monday morning from the school's attending families. The donations made are applied towards school beautification projects. This year they funded the Entry Garden planting.
As the entrance to the school is secured by a large blue gate and fence, they wanted the garden area here to act as a natural compliment to all of the blue steel. When arriving at the school every morning, students, parents & teachers will be greeted by a layered planting of California Natives and non natives that have similar water requirements. Some of the species we selected are Coral Bells, Ferns, Dianella and Chinese Fringe Flower, and a Toyon for corner that doesn't get much water. The combination of foliage color and texture enhance the space, while welcoming the school visitors.
Here are a few shots taken the day we installed the landscape.
Unloading the nursery truck.
My summer interns.
Plant palette: Coral Bells, Ferns, Dianella and Chinese Fringe Flower, and a Toyon.
A couple of local Girl Scouts stopped by to assist with the planting. Thank you!
For additional information on the program, click here to view a recent Patch article.