Barnaby Manor Elementary School Courtyard Classroom

Oxon Hill, MD
Job Size: Small
Status: In the ground

One-day, all hands on deck installations are some of our most memorable projects.  This project begins with a shining star teacher named Chandra Evans from Barnaby Manor Elementary School, who was looking for an opportunity to activate the school’s highly-visible central courtyard.  She wanted to introduce garden stations that would engage the school community, by presenting novel ideas and concepts for healthy-living.  The design team knew the project was most-likely going to be built by volunteers with donated materials, and maintained by students and staff, so a focus on efficiency and effectiveness was key. To support the understanding of environmental systems and human engagement, the design team connected two important processes by pairing a pollinator garden with a series of raised straw-bale vegetable gardens. Thanks to materials supplied by Prince George’s County programs, donations from private organizations, and a volunteer powered labor force, the school received a courtyard transformation.

Design Tools: Hand rendering & Adobe Suite by Laura Kendrick
Materials: Peoples Supply (Soil & Straw Bales)
Installation: Volunteers

*Project was designed and implemented while kelley oklesson served as program manager at the Neighborhood Design Center www.ndc-md.org