SLATERPAULL teams with Denver Urban Gardens

Lisa Gardner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Delayed for a couple of weeks due to the floods, SLATERPAULL Architects descended upon Eiber Elementary School on September 26th for a day of service with Denver Urban Gardens.  DUG was created in 1985 to support Denver residents in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens.  Today, DUG operates well over 120 community gardens throughout Metro Denver, including 30 school-based community gardens. 

Eiber Elementary in Jeffco Public Schools is located on the west side of town near Kipling and Colfax.  Our firm broke into two teams, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to lay the infrastructure for a new community garden.  Throughout the day, our team laid gravel pathways around several plant beds on both the upper and lower gardens, shoveling and wheel barrowing two full truckloads of road base.  We dug post holes, installed new wood fence posts, weeded and tilled all of the plant beds.  After a full day of work, we had created the foundation for a new community and school garden to be planted in the spring.

Thank you to DUG for coordinating and leading the event.  If you are interested in learning more about DUG, or how you can volunteer to help create a new garden, visit their website at