ASLA's Annual Legacy Project
The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Friends of Ruffin Canyon and the ACE Mentor Program worked together to create an educational and native garden at William H. Taft Middle School in Serra Mesa, a neighborhood of San Diego, California for the 2011 annual Legacy Project.
Each year the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) holds their annual conference and expo in a different U.S. city, in 2008 they implemented the Legacy Project, which requires the host city (ASLA chapter) give back to the community by designing and installing a project with the local affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program.
As this past year's (2011) conference was held in San Diego, California the ASLA and the ACE Mentor Program partnered with the Friends of Ruffin Canyon to design and install an educational and native garden, the HabiTaft Garden at William H. Taft Middle School in Serra Mesa, a neighborhood of San Diego, California.
ASLA volunteers also developed and hosted design workshops for ACE Mentor High School Students as part of the Legacy Project. The first workshop was held at the site where the students learned how to prepare a site-analysis plan by observing and documenting existing site conditions. The subsequent workshops were held at The New School of Architecture and Design in downtown San Diego.
In the next stage of the Legacy Project, Taft will develop curriculum that allows students to discover nature, investigate history, and celebrate culture through working and learning in the garden. The garden is universally accessible, providing opportunities where children of all abilities can explore San Diego’s rich and diverse landscape.