Pond-less waterfall constructed


Riverside High School horticulture and landscape design class students shoveled dirt and other materials in the school courtyard recently to create a pond-less waterfall. The project was part of a lesson about incorporating hardscapes in landscapes within an outdoor classroom setting. Participants learned about garden ponds structures, how to maintain ponds, identify parts, determine water quality and plant life, and then were charged with engineering a garden pond while staying within a specific budget. During their planning, they had to determine the size and shape of the pond, pump sizes, any plant and aquatic life that might be included, and types of filters to use. In addition, the Riverside FFA students created more bench seating, raised flower beds and a raised garden for the outdoor classroom area. (PHOTO | RIVERSIDE SCHOOLS)