While there’s no question that gravel has a place in water-efficient landscape design, over-reliance on this material can produce results that fall short of what school officials, parents, community members and students expect from school grounds. Other low-water options exist that can provide habitat, ecosystem services, beauty, learning opportunities and even food.
At the 2015 Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit, several of the state’s leading school garden practitioners will be on hand for a Pre-Summit session designed to highlight a wide range of possibilities for school sites. Presenters for “Landscape Alternatives: Drought with the Possibility of Rain,” from 10 am-3 pm on October 28, will include authors of some of the most influential guides to making the most of the aesthetic, ecological and educational potential of school landscapes.
All attendees will receive a copy of the book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, which documents inspiring green schoolyard examples from almost 150 schools in 11 countries. (The author, Sharon Danks, will be among the presenters.)