The Campus

Reading Garden – The new 14,000 square-feet learning/reading/walking garden at Braddock Drive Elementary School and Gifted Magnet creates a welcome, attractive amenity for the school and local community.

Reading Garden illustration courtesy of Tony Tran. Click image to enlarge.

The garden concept creates an educational “Journey of Discovery” through the different spaces of the garden, highlighted by a plant palette has been selected for their native, drought-resistant properties as well as to attract fauna and wildlife to promote biodiverse habitats. A meandering configuration of curvilinear walking paths and seating areas define a richly landscaped sequence of “islands” and “zones” of trees, grasses and trees, including oaks, toyons, manzanita, fuschia, lilac and sage.

Planned to be highly sustainable in terms of the environment, the project is estimated to capture over 1 million gallons of stormwater per year.

This project was selected, promoted and launched by LAUSD as one of the featured projects for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Community Service on January 17, 2011. The initial groundwork and planting were done in mid-March 2011.

Kubota Garden – Braddock features an edible garden named in memory of Celeste Kubota, a popular teacher at the school.