Welcome to the Rolling Hills Elementary School Literacy Garden in Rancho Penasquitos, CA

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* To provide children with a quiet oasis where they may read, rest, or reflect.
* To provide an outdoor classroom for lessons integrated into the school curriculum; including science, math, nutrition, and environmental awareness.
* To help local families in need by providing fresh produce, while helping to nurture active community involvement by the students.
* To incorporate the school's Character Counts! Program; especially the pillars of Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship.
* To encourage healthy eating habits and promote mental and physical fitness.
* To provide habitat for native birds, bees and butterflies.
* To teach children about the native plants in our community.
* To showcase a water-wise garden that teaches resource conservation.
* To provide a place for recycling waste from the school cafeteria through composting.
* To teach children and the community at large about traditional and worm composting methods.
* To foster a lifetime enjoyment of gardening and growing organic fruits and vegetables.

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The back half of the garden contains 9 raised beds planted with a variety of fruits and vegetables.

A diagram of the plantings in the raised produce beds can be viewed on the Garden Diagram page.

In addition, there is an herb garden, butterfly/bird garden, flower bulb garden, and succulent garden. Interspersed throughout are drought tolerant flowers and shrubs, Californian natives, and fruit trees.

Dual concrete tables with shade umbrellas and many benches provide ample space to rest, read, or watch the garden.

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The garden is a partnership of students, parents and grandparents from the school, and community members.
See more detail on our Garden Participants page.

Garden Blog/ Photos

The Garden Blog posts status updates and the Garden Photos page showcases recent garden happenings.

Contact Us

To contact the RHES Garden Coordinator, click here.Monarch Waystation Certificate.jpg