SeamonWhiteside and Green Heart Project recently completed their first urban gardens as a collaborative endeavor.
The gardens are located at Sullivan's Island Elementary and Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood in Columbia, South Carolina.
The partnership between SeamonWhiteside, a landscape architecture and civil engineering firm, and Green Heart, a local nonprofit agency, was announced earlier this year. The collaboration was formed with the aim of designing and putting together urban gardens at three local schools.
The garden at Sullivan's Island Elementary opened Sept. 19.
"We can't be more thrilled with how this project turned out and look forward to seeing it in action with the students of Sullivan's Island Elementary," Drew Harrison, executive director of Green Heart Project, said. "The partnerships with Sullivan's Island Elementary School, Charleston County School District and SeamonWhiteside have made our mission of connecting students to healthy food through school gardens possible. It truly was a community effort, and we are ready to get started on our next project."
The same day the Sullivan's Island garden opened, garden bed installation began at Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood. SeamonWhiteside personnel have assisted throughout the entire garden design process, providing architectural consultation, charette, construction drawings and budgeting.
The Meeting Street garden opened Sept. 22.
"This partnership gives us the opportunity to give back to our community by doing what we love -- building meaningful spaces for people," Russ Seamon, director of projects at SeamonWhiteside, said.
The goal of Green Heart projects is to teach students the value of healthy, local food while reiterating the value of classroom curriculum, teamwork, respect and entrepreneurship. School gardens are maintained both during class sessions and by volunteers.