“Children in chairs on lawn during afternoon rest, London County Open-air School.”
“Class on lawn, children in chairs, London Open-air School.”
Open-air schools in Europe and the U.S. were part of an effort in the first half of the 20th century to combat the rise of tuberculosis. The first — a waldeschule or forest school — was built near Berlin, Germany, in 1904.
An open-air school was created in England in 1907 by the London County Council. This may be the school pictured here. A second London school was organized in 1908. By 1937, there were 96 open-air schools in Great Britain.
Photos and captions by Bain News Service via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (no dates provided).
ADDENDUM: More on open-air schools here, on the blog Messy Nessy Chic.
I just wanted to show off the plant supports that a local craftsperson recently made for the garden from my “design.” They’re cut and bent from lightweight rebar, and he gave me two sizes — about 30″ and 5′.
I can tie plants directly on to them, or I can slip bamboo poles through the loops to make a supporting grid. They’re much easier to push into the ground than bamboo or wooden poles, and they should last pretty much forever.
Painted reddish-brown (more brown than they look in the photos), they’re unobtrusive in the flower beds. But I think they would also be fun in really bright colors.