Jacob Sportsman Memorial Garden at John S Park Elementary School

rendering of the garden

When Jacob Sportsman—a 22 year old Las Vegas resident serving in the US Navy—passed away, the Las Vegas group Green Jelly decided to build a memorial garden for his family and friends with the help of Anna Peltier from Aria Landscape Architecture and Caryl Davie’s of Nevada’s ASLA chapter (NVASLA).  Since Jacob was interested in healthy eating, a vegetable garden at John S. Park Elementary, a local school, seemed like a perfect fit. Anna and Caryl worked with the school, students and Jacob’s family and friends to help design the garden in a way that represented Jacob’s life and beliefs.  The garden, built with the help of children from the school, included raised planting beds for fruits and vegetables, a labyrinth made of perennial herbs, a sensory garden, and an outdoor study area.

labyrinth at Sportsman Memorial Gardenkids planting at the gardensensory garden at sportsman memorial garden