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Don’t forget winter features!
Signage adds a lot of value.
Art in the garden!
Shade and fantasy.
Boats, boats and more boats.
High-end potato growing.
Elements that provide shade, a passage to another space, and a place for children to pause are great features.
Tunnels are very popular and encourage exploration.
Create unusual passageways with simple materials.
Places to work, clean, & prep food.
Gardening is serious business…
Play spaces have fixed and movable objects.
Begs for sitting under.
Great book. Bible of engaging community in schoolyard redesign.
Make it for everyone!
Shoes? Nope! Plants!
Ad hoc fountain.
Don’t forget the birds!
Can be grown in shadier spots…
Bok choi can grow as an early or late crop.
Deeply-colored carrots fascinate.
Ways to create signage.
Let them see the process.
Signage invites entry.
Step stones thrill.
Create paths and shade.
Where you least expect it.
Screened yet artful.
Up and under!
Sedum and other succulents: Sensory stuff.
Radishes grow early and late season.
How can you NOT love this?
What about the space in winter?
Weave it up.
No bugs in these boots!
Mixed–garden and play areas.
Tin can wind chimes.
Screen and planter.
Jamie Oliver’s kitchen garden.
Don’t forget the compost!
Caterpillars are a big deal in kids’ gardens.
Mixed plantings–ornamental and edible.
Make time to eat!
Great book about Missoula, MT.
Square foot gardening.
Math opportunities abound.
Square foot gardens put vertical growth at the north end.
Windows made into a greenhouse.
More pallet action.
Recycled window greenhouse.
Don’t forget the rocks!
Compost bags for vertical farming.
Won’t last long, but still…
Put these bad boys right in the ground.
Compost bin with lettuces.
Don’t forget the art!
Making the bug wall.
Cinder blocks spiffed up.
Collars for the brassicas. Pest control
Music–this sounds like a rain stick.
Art and outdoors. Lovely.
Motor planning, anyone? Vestibular systems?
Gutters can amaze.
Don’t forget the shade!
Stuff to do as teams.
More of nature’s legos.
Plant markers on paint stir sticks.
Creative raised beds.
Solar panel–painted aluminum cans.
Square foot gardening spacer.
FLH: Fairies Live Here.
Purslane. Edible. Yum.
Killing grass seed.
Water play: Endless. And sensory regulator.
Music in the garden.
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5 thoughts on “Schoolyard Design Ideas”
What a great collection and reference. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Ora! It sure is fun to collect these images. Hardship duty, really.
Inspiring! I’m going to use some of these ideas and share them with school gardens!