Franklin Elementary Reading and Learning Garden

idea by arleenferrara

The Idea


Remove approx. 1500 sq. ft. of asphalt and replace with sustainable California native and edible garden watered with harvested rainwater and drip irrigation. Design includes habitat plants and small shade trees for seating areas. Soil life will be returned to the site with sheet mulching.

Your Team

Parent and community volunteers will help implement plan. We hope to have Surfrider Ocean Friendly Garden group involved as well. Garden to be maintained by Franklin Garden Team and school children.

The Community


We have an active parent population committed to improving the school and to making it more green. Santa Monica Sustainable Works as well as other groups can use garden as sustainable demonstration.

The Need


Franklin Elementary has no garden space that kids can sit in, walk through, learn from and be immersed in. This garden would provide this AND would add many sustainable elements.



Franklin Elementary, Santa Monica.



Fall and winter for asphalt removal and sheet mulching. Spring for rest of installation.

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This is Wonderful!!

by stephanie.curry.16
over 3 years ago | Reply

love the idea...get rid of some of that icky asphalt!! :)

by ann.vanwinkle.3
over 3 years ago | Reply

Hi Arleen, this is truly such a fantastic idea! You are absolutely right, it is a real win-win for all, and a gift that will keep on giving!

by sheems
over 3 years ago | Reply

As a visitor to the neighborhood, it looks to be a great improvement. And getting parents and neighbors involved will build interest and caring for what can be done to improve the environment....congrats to the designer, Ms. Ferrara

by visitingGardener
over 3 years ago | Reply

you deserve to be number 1--good plan

by lauren pearl street
over 3 years ago | Reply

Franklin School will be gaining an area of inspiration filled with important aspects for all of our longevity. With your design and implementing this garden, it will be providing an area to harvest wonderful edibles, to encourage students to seek serene and calming spots in nature for relaxation, and reflection, and it will help to promote wise water usage and reclamation to help stop dangerous urban run off into our oceans. You have got my vote for sure.

by jane.barlam
over 3 years ago | Reply

Thank you Jane! I so believe Franklin needs this and it's a win-win-win....the kids win, the community wins and the environment wins.

by arleenferrara
over 3 years ago | Reply

Fully support this wonderful effort.

by mkhatod
over 3 years ago | Reply

What a great idea Arlene!

by yenglish
over 3 years ago | Reply

I think its a GREAT idea. I've seen Arleen Ferrara's landscaping work as a professional. Her work is Amazing and Breathtaking. Thank you Arleen for supporting our environment and our community.

by rgilespie@gmail.com
over 3 years ago | Reply

Wonderful idea to soften the Franklin asphalt jungle and provide a learning garden outside the library where children can read and learn about Sustainable California Native Gardening.

by JackNudzi
over 3 years ago | Reply

Thanks so much for spearheading this! Great idea!

by kadykim
over 3 years ago | Reply

How inspiring! Our kids need to have some nature in their school!

by wdsw1234
over 3 years ago | Reply

This is a fantastic plan that will inspire our children to understand and support our environment and nature. It will educate our kids as well as to beautify Franklin. Arleen Ferrara has done an AMAZING job!!

by kajaffe
over 3 years ago | Reply

I think it's a wonderful idea, and much needed at Franklin.

by sophiewright
over 3 years ago | Reply

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