Rock Garden Project

Students in the Projects, Research and Design class finished the job they started last year in the Gardening by Design class by transforming the rocks they set in the courtyard into a beautiful and serene Japanese-style rock garden! The garden, generously funded by a student-driven GoFundMe campaign, was created using the principles of Japanese design and rock setting, but with all local plants and materials, giving it a local feel. The rocks are set in a symbolic way to represent the four Sky Islands mountain ranges that encircle the Tucson Basin, and the trees are Palo Verde and heritage San Rafael Plums, which mimic the traditional ume and sakura trees in Japanese gardens. This project brought the courtyard one step further to completion and is part of the larger transformation of the school’s site into the thriving, beautiful Rogers Commons.