La Loma On Board at Several School Projects

La Loma On Board at Several School Projects

What are the building blocks of sustainable landscape design for educational institutions? Habitat. Function. Reuse. Education. Play. Community. Diversity. Inspiration.

La Loma has been involved in several school proejcts to implement these building blocks in school yards throughout southern California, including LAUSD, public, private and charter schools. 

Main Street Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles was a project completed with the collaborative work of Tree People, La Loma Development, and over 450 community volunteers. The goal was to create a sustainable urban forest converted from a 4,000 square foot asphalt-paved courtyard. The result was a design that incorporated a rain garden with sycamore trees, rain-catchment basins, and native drought-tolerant plants that attract birds and butterflies. The garden became some of the inpriation for LAUSD Board Member, Steve Zimmer's efforts to "Expand Sustainable School Yards and Environmental Initiatives."

The Walgrove Wildlands Project at Walgrove Elementary School in Venice is an example of cross-organization project development on an optimal level.  There were sixteen cross-institutional organizations that came together! The objective was to rip out 25,000 square feet of asphalt in exchange for a versatile living laboratory and habitat. The construction of the Walgrove Wildlands is still in progress; find out how you can help by visiting

When asked to help New Horizon School in Pasadena with their new garden, we were delighted by the challenges of a long triangular space- adjacent to a major freeway. The school wanted to turn their irregularly sized lot into a functional, educational, and meditative Peace Garden. The design inspired by the Silk Road in Asia includes several plant species found in the Middle East and Asia; for example date palms, pomegranate trees, ginger, turmeric, lentils and even saffron!

A Few of our other educational clients include: Environmental Charter High School- U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS); Environmental Charter Middle School; MUSE School, Calabasas - Recipient of the Environmental Sustainability Award from Senator Fran Pavley (23rd State Senate District in California); Cottage Co-Op Nursery School and Natural History Museum.