Kindergarten students from Crestmont Elementary School in Richmond taught by teacher Robin Hart-Poindexter came to the garden for a tour on Wednesday. Our tour included investigating the garden with the five senses, looking at the redwood trees and the wetland and talking about habitats and life cycles . We also spent some time in the Create with Nature zone building objects from natural materials from the garden . The students worked collaboratively and individually building small teepees, shelters, sculpture and musical instruments which were demonstrated, time machines, thrones, and pathways. Each student or student group described the materials used, the process and the title of their works. Students were particularly interested in connections and attachments such as tying, wedging, inserting.
Our two intern students from Albany High School's EDSET (Environmental Design, Science, Engineering and Technology) program, finished up for the semester this week. They are working on planting wetland native plants, edging and re-grading the path beside the wetland.
The construction continues as we are putting in a handicap accessible pathway from the Event lawn area to the new handicap accessible bathroom that was put in a few months ago. Construction should be complete within the next couple of weeks.
Two graduation ceremonies were held in the garden this weekend. On Saturday, May 18 a reception and awards ceremony was held for the graduating students from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. The graduating students are from the Master of Landscape Architecture, the Master of Urban Design, and the Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture programs. On Sunday, May 19th, the Conservation Resource Science students celebrated their Alternative Graduation. The band Gemini Journey accompanied the ceremony.
Blake Garden received a beautiful ash and steel bench made by students from the Introduction to Materials and Construction Class taught by Professor Linda Jewell and Ray Freeman.
The Landscape Horticulture Class from Merritt College taught by Chris Gramp held their final class in the garden on Friday.