The Organic Learning Garden is the result of collaboration between students, faculty, design professionals, and garden enthusiasts. An insignificant patch of lawn on the Santa Monica College campus was transformed into a garden where students and community members could gain knowledge and practical experience planting, nurturing, and harvesting garden crops in an organic and sustainable manner that could be replicated at home and community gardens.
Unique and sustainable elements of the Organic Learning Garden include a below grade storm water harvest cistern, outdoor classroom, interactive sundial, accessible raised planter, and a plant palette that consists of garden beneficial insectary plants. Edible and fruit bearing plants were also added to the palette including artichoke, guava, rosemary, strawberry, chives, mint, and thyme.
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Client: Santa Monica College
Landscape Architect: Melendrez
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