Clover Elementary School Native Garden Experience

Clover Garden

Finished project: Clover garden. photo taken by Rennie Tang.

I decided to volunteer in the construction of a native garden for the Clover Elementary school in Los Angeles for my Los Angeles event experience blog. On Saturday May 18th I arrived at the school at 8:30 in the morning. After a while we met Gabrielle, who was the designer of the project. She explained everything clearly so we knew what we had to do for the rest of the day. The garden was in front of the 5th grade classrooms. Since this was my first time building a garden project, I was not familiar with the process. After Gabrielle explained the process on her plan, I got a better idea of what we were supposed to do. First we had to spray the garden with two different colors. We sprayed the garden with two colors of orange and blue. After we sprayed the garden based on the plan that Gabrielle gave us, we started digging the blue area and made mounds on the orange sprayed areas. It was a great opportunity for us to learn about construction. Later, we setup the irrigation system and learned the process. High pressure water was used to move the pipe from one side of the garden to the other side from under the asphalt through the soil. Something I never thought about before. After setting up the irrigation, we started planting the plants. Finally, we spread mulch over the entire garden and left a radius of about 1-2 feet free of mulch around the plants so the mulch would not cover the plants. It was around 4:00 in the afternoon when we finished the garden and that was the end of my garden building experience. The process of making the native plant garden was a fun and great learning experience for us. Now I am more familiar with reading the construction plan. Moreover, the garden will give a new look to the school yard and the students at Clover elementary school will be happy with the new landscape on their school yard.

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