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Challenger Middle School

before constructiongarden under constructioncommunity planting dayplanting daygravel for self-watering containersassembling the self-watering containerstree planting daytree planting daybasins + native treesbefore construction10 tons of rockfruit trees + rock workbasins + fruit trees

Sunnyside Unified School District


Tucson, Arizona

While working with the Drachman Institute, Iylea coordinated the design and installation of an activity courtyard at this local middle school.  The project helped transform a large expanse of gravel into an area for a variety of educational and social activities.  Site features included a sand volleyball court, a community garden, and water harvesting basins with native trees and fruit trees.

The community garden included in-ground beds as well as self-watering container beds.   Just six months after the installation, the garden has proven to be highly successful…read the article here.

The water harvesting basins with native trees help form areas where lunch tables are placed. In a few years the students and community will enjoy a lovely tree canopy.

Fruit trees planted were fig, pomegranate, limequat, and mandarin orange.