I had the opportunity to design an outdoor learning garden for a public school in Baltimore City. The purpose of the courtyard garden was to prepare students participating in a new agricultural program for future careers in horticulture. The site consisted of a large mound of soil with overgrown vegetation and asphalt paving. I was presented with the unique challenge of incorporating the existing soil mound in the design. I thought of the terraced rice fields in China and how the sculpted topography is not only functional but also visually remarkable.
Site prior to renovation:
I was hired by Parks and People Foundation to develop an outdoor reading garden in conjunction with a new library opening within the school.
The outdoor space consists of three circular benches, each designed with a different radius to accommodate varying class sizes, as well as outdoor music classes. A grove of native Dogwood trees were planted throughout the reading garden to provide students with shade and close contact with nature.
I worked closely with the school staff during the design of their new outdoor space.