This Garden Tour is a bit late in coming to you. I don’t really know what happened, except life, I guess. My little buddy and I went exploring our new neighborhood shortly after we moved in, and now, a full two months later, I’m finally getting around to sharing this little gem we discovered – the Mountain Crest High School Outdoor Classroom.
I don’t know much about it, other than what the signs have told me: that it is the Mountain Crest Outdoor Classroom built in 2003. I hope the local high school students don’t take it for granted. We never had anything remotely close to this at the high school I attended – we also didn’t have an FFA, but that’s a complaint for another day I suppose. I do know, however, that it is being used as intended because while we were there photographing the still-in-bloom flowers, there was a class going around learning plant identification (I’m assuming it was one of these MCHS Science Classes). And it made my heart sing.
While I think we missed “peak” bloom, there were still plenty of black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.), Russian sage (Pevroskia atriplicifolia), and asters in bloom. I liked the variety of path surfaces used throughout the garden: grass, concrete, gravel, wood chips. Many of the trees and shrubs had identifying plaques by them, and the incorporation of structures such as a pergola, bridge, and small amphitheater really made the space interesting.
I love that there is such a thing as an outdoor classroom. I love that it is being used as such. And I love that we were able to explore it a bit while the flowers were still looking great. I can’t wait to see it in spring and early summer next year and get more ideas for my own garden.
P.S. If you – or anyone you know – has been a student in, or knows anything else about, the outdoor classroom let me know!