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More than 60 of Ruppert Landscape’s employees (made up of corporate employees and branch managers from their 16 branches from Philadelphia, Pa., to Atlanta, Ga.) participated in the sensory garden installation.

Firm constructs sensory garden for charter school

Sixty of Ruppert Landscape’s employees recently installed a sensory garden for the students and faculty of the Southwest Baltimore Charter School.

The project includes demolition, excavation, grading and fencing work along with the installation of pavers, sod, perennials, grasses, groundcover, shrubs and trees. Educational placards will then be installed so that the garden will have a lasting learning potential for students. In total, nearly 300 production hours and $32,000 worth of time and materials is being donated to bring this project to fruition.

The landscape installation is part of an ongoing commitment to Baltimore’s Pigtown community, where one of Ruppert’s branches is located. The garden, which will also serve as an outdoor classroom, will provide students with a multi-sensory experience. Research shows that outdoor learning in school grounds and community settings have many positive effects on students including greater confidence, renewed pride in community, stronger motivation toward learning, and greater sense of belonging and responsibility.

About 2,000 square feet of sod was installed to complete the $32,000-installation.

About 2,000 square feet of sod was installed to complete the $32,000-installation.