After a mountain bike ride with a new friend, I was near a public project I designed a few years ago as part of an Architect-client project team. Built by one of the countless contractors and people with Martinez in the name!
It was a pleasant day, so I looked at what I could see from my car and cell phone camera (sorry for the blurring).
I used tough, mostly spineless plants as per unwritten school district policies…near the school, that is. Of course, more priority, time and thought were needed to plan the site, plus to design plantings, than was given.
I stayed in front, not even looking at the plants salvaged and replanted in the (wrongly fenced) arroyo between the school and the street. Most looked good; some died the first winter and growing seasons and should have been replaced.
Also, passive water harvesting of storm water off paving and from buildings was missed here, which would help provide for healthier plantings and lessen runoff, erosion, …
Such themes are often born out of necessity, from time constraints and past successes.
How are schools in your area landscaped? Do you know the process behind how that happens, or the budgets and mindsets that might be at the root?
I encourage you to find out how your money is allocated, and influence it for better!