White Oak Studio
The upcoming School and Campus Design Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News saw many firms submit their projects for feature consideration. This project was not chosen for a Feature in the issue, but we at LandscapeArchitect.com thought the project deserved to be showcased online . . .
The Leach Teaching Gardens is the 7-acre first phase of The Gardens at Texas A&M University, a 27-acre public garden and open space on the West Campus in College Station Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine called the Leach Teaching Gardens 'the most beautiful classroom in Texas'. But that beauty is more than skin-deep. Opened in 2018, the Gardens are a 21st century expression of A&M's founding land-grant mission, addressing contemporary world problems such as food equity, meeting education needs for young to old, from home gardeners to budding professionals, and providing a much-needed public botanical garden for this great research university and the Bryan-College Station area. On any given day at the Leach Teaching Gardens you may find a 4th grade Junior Master Gardener class looking for butterflies, bio-environmental students sampling creek water, landscape architecture students observing use of public spaces, a yoga class, a marriage proposal, or even a wedding among the diverse types of garden spaces. These garden spaces include: Earthkind, Bee & Butterfly, Texas Superstars, German Heritage, Mexican Heritage, Bird, Herb, Maroon & White, Kitchen, Pecan Bottom, Floral, Rain, Fruit Orchard, Food & Fiber Gardens, and more. A creek overlook, quarry stone outdoor classroom terrace, shade structures, and a Texas German dancehall-inspired enclosed pavilion provide shelter and help promote the missions of the Leach Teaching Gardens. Phase 2 of The Gardens at Texas A&M University is currently under design.
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