Rock Garden Installation

As a final capstone in the year-long Gardening by Design class, students designed and built a karesansui, or Japanese dry rock garden. The garden was built using all of the principles of Japanese design and stone setting that the students had learned, but used all native materials. The rocks were already in the courtyard upon moving into the site, and the blue palo verde tree planted behind the tall vertical stone is a Sonoran Desert equivalent of the sakura, or cherry blossom, which symbolizes the impermanence of life and its intense but short beauty. Having practiced working as a team on projects, moving rocks, and digging all year long on various projects, the class was able to create the rock garden in only an hour and a half!