Garden Tour: Mountain Crest High School Outdoor Classroom

You can find previous Garden Tours here and here.

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.

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.

My little garden-touring buddy. I don’t know that she appreciates the actual plants, but she loves any time she gets to be outside.

blanket flower, gaillardia speciess

Even though the blanket flower (Gaillardia sp.) may not have been in full bloom, there was still plenty of interest with the seed pods.

Russian sage, tickseed, Pevroskia, Coreopsis

I love the purple and yellow color combination. The purple here is Russian sage (Pevroskia atriplicifolia) and the yellow is a tickseed (Coreopsis sp.)

mountain crest outdoor classroom

Trees (deciduous and coniferous), grasses, flowers, and shrubs make up the Mountain Crest Outdoor Classroom.

yarrow, achillea millefolium, aster

Though the yarrow was past bloom, the seed heads still made a great contrast with the asters.

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.

pergola, black eyed Susan, rudbeckia

The pergola peaks out from behind the black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia sp.)

garden tour, garden bridge

A little wooden bridge leads to a path next to the school.

pergola, amphitheater, outdoor classroom

The Mountain Crest High School Outdoor Classroom has both a pergola with benches as well as a small amphitheater where students can gather.

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!


  1. Caleb tells me he never had a class there, but it looks better now than it did when he was in high school. Maybe the plants class has been revamped in recent years.

    • Heather

      November 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Interesting. Well I’m glad it’s looking better rather than looking worse! Also, I forgot that he went to Mountain Crest, so thanks for reminding me. 🙂

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