Ashland High School
The Shinto Gate Project

How experiences in Landscape Design changes lives.

Kim.
Kim
Being a Hort assistant this year and watching others take Landscape Design 2 like I did last year was fun. Watching a new project be built, that was neat. It takes a lot of time to put something speical together. The hands-on stuff that happens makes the class much different then regular classes just sitting in a classroom taking notes all day long. The garden helps you become more social with friends, your peers and even your teacher. I never thought in a million years I would take this class. I took it because I thought it would be easy, and for something to fill so I donít have another study hall. I never knew I would come to like this subject so much I would want make it my career. But I did. Now I want to study Landscaping at OSU-ATI in Wooster after graduation. Thank you for another great year Mr. Mayer.

The best memory would be walking back to the hort room when Mayer and the guys went back on the golf car. The best part was watching Jake fall off the golf car. That was the funniest thing ever.



Curt
Curt
I learned a lot from landscape and design class. I started out not liking the class because it wasn't what I had expected to do. I expected to go into a class and learn how to design a landscape and draw out the plans for it. But I never really thought about all the things you have to take into consideration when chosing a particular plant for an area. I also learned how to work and not care about getting my hands or clothes dirty.

My best memory from landscape and design class was actually getting the gate in and done. It felt good to have put effort into a project and it come out nicely. I didn't know if we were going to get the gate up by the end of the year because it seemed like we had so much to do and so little time to do it. I thought it would have taken at least a two days to get the gate together and have it put up but it ended up being all done up and solid in the ground by the end of the day after we brought it up. It's amazing how much some high school kids can get done in a day.


April
April
Being in Landscape Design and doing what I like to do which is being outside and working is really nice. I'd rather be outside and working then being inside and working. Some day I would like to start up my own business, that's what I learned in this class. I also learned a lot of things that I didn't know how to do and there were somethings that I already did know how to do but got extra practice on.

I think it is a good experience for kids to take Hort and Landscape Design if you like to be outside. Or you could just take the class and to how well you like it. Then you might just want to start your own business or go work for a landscape company or a tree company.

It was nice coming down and help out so stuff would get on the project. I will always be glad to come down or to come back and help out as a teacher ade like John. If you need help you would just have to let me know so I can come down or come back and help out for a little bit. It was fun being in the class. I think that I learned a lot of know things that I didn't even know how to do. I didn't know the tools what they all are or how they are used. I learned that. It's just all a good experence to learn all these different things that you don't even know how to do.

Jake
Jake
MY GREATEST MEMORY OF THE SHINTO GATE IS THE HARD WORK EVERYBODY PUT INTO THE 85 FOOT DRAINAGE TRENCH. EVERYBODY WORKED HARD AND WE GOT IT DUG IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS. ONE MEMORY THAT WILL STICK WITH ME IS WHEN TOMMY AND TARA WERE IN THE TRENCH AND THE GROUND WAS AT THERE SHOULDER AND THEY HID IN THE POST HOLES FROM MAYER AND RUEGER. OFFICER WELCH, OUR SCHOOL POLICE OFFICER, CAME UP TO MAKE SURE WE WERE SAFE AND BEING RESPONSIBLE WHEN WE WERE DIGGING AND INSTALLING THE PERFORATED DRAIN TILE. I HAD A GREAT TIME WORKING ON THE DRAIN AND SHINTO GATE WITH THE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND HORTICULTURE 1 AND 2 CLASSES.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW THE PROJECT TURNS OUT AND HOW IT WILL EFFECT THE COMMUNITY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL ORIENTAL GARDENS AND LANDSCAPE DESIGNS AT ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL.



Terry
Terry
The best achievement that I can think of is accomplishing the impossible. Because when we started the Shinto Gate project that is what it seemed to be to me. But with all the determination, sweat, and pure back breaking labor we accomplished it. It wasnít easy but we all put time into it and we were finished for the year. I learned that if you just put your mind to things you will accomplish things in life. And that is the most important thing that I learned off of this project and from Mayer.

The best memory from this whole project is just being able to go and do some thing for the school and city to see for years to come. And being able to spend time with all my friends.





Mike
Mike
I learned a lot on this landscaping project. I now know how to design and build a landscape garden, what all is involved. My greatest achievement this year was being able to work with the other landscape design and horticulture students on the Shinto Gate project. When you first start a project as big as that tensions rise and people argue but once you get past all that and get down to work it's fun. Then when you are almost completed you can actually sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors. I donít think that a single student who worked on the Shinto Gate project isnít proud of what they did. Itís almost as if it were a standing modern marvel like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower or something like that. But it's just so much better for us because this accomplishment is ours.

I believe this class is important for building leadership skills that help you with everyday work. If you really pay attention to everything you begin to realize that nothing is ever going to get done unless you try to do it yourself. This helped me be much more self-reliant than any other class. I had a blast this year being part of an actual project. Getting to meet everyone else who was apart of the project was nice and none of us would have gotten that chance if it werenít for our teacher, Mr. Mayer. So, a very big thanks goes out to him for that.

Billy
Billy
During the Shinto Gate project I learned that one of the best ways to succeed in something was to have teamwork. In the beginning we were all doing our own little thing on the project and we really werenít getting anywhere. Sooner or later we all pulled together and because of that, we were able to get most of our project done on time. I also learned that you have to learn hard work and discipline in order to accomplish something as sweet as the Shinto Gate.

My best memory is how I got to work will all of my close friends on such a big project. I am really glad that I got to experience this with all of them. It was a good time up there digging with all of them and watching the process of working on this project come together. Overall I will take this experience with me for the rest of my life.




Nick
Nick
This year in Landscaping Design I learned how to dig a drainage trench. I also learned that teamwork is the only way to be successful. I also learned that everything that you do should be to scale and every project should have a clear drawn up base plan to help the project go smoother. I learned that not everything would go your way while you are trying to do something, whether the weather acts up or something else comes up that gets in the way and delays things, but during that, you have to stay positive and keep working hard.

My best memory in this class was the day that the Shinto Gate was raised up. That day finished the puzzle. That day was a day of satisfaction because we worked hard on that trench for three weeks and on that day, all our hard work paid off.






Brent
Brent
This yearI learned that everyone can work as a team and get the job done and that is what we did. That Shinto Gate was a very good project and I liked it because it will bring more people to the Ashland High School to see what we accomplished this year. This garden is in memory of Ralph D. Hurst and AHS student who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during WWII.

The best memories of this project is that we all had fun doing the job I liked being out there and working. Even though digging the drain trench was the hardest part it was still fun and I wish I could be here next year to finish the project.









Dustin
Dustin

MEMORIES OF THE SHINTO GATE

Something I learned this year was it takes team work to get a big project done. You have to dedicate yourself and work hard together. That was the first time I ever seen a Shinto Gate, so that was new to me. I also learned some things about different types of landscape trees and plants this year.

My best memory was watching the Shinto Gate get put up. It was a cool experience watching it happen. I enjoyed how everyone did it together. The Shinto Gate was a great learning experience for me personally.








Jesse
Jesse
I have learned a lot in Landscape Design 2. I love the class and plan to stay in it my whole high school career. I learned that you have to take your time on what youíre doing and not rush. I never knew that there was so much you had to do before you start a big project like this. I learned to work good with others not depend on other people to do all the work.

My best memory was when we got the drain trench dug and filled with the gravel. That was the hardest part of the project. I was glad to see it get done and come together so well. Thank you Mayer for every thing you thought me and I look forward to seeing you in class next year!!!








DJ
DJ
During this class I learned how much work it could be just to dig a drain trench for your project. I also learned we can get things done even when you think you cannot. Planting trees and aligning stepping stones are really important to make your oriental garden look good. I also have learned that if you want to get things done you have to WORK!

My best memory of landscape design was building the mock up Shinto gate, finding correct measurements, and building scale models. The other best memory of this class was the hard work we had to do for digging a trench. And of course the memory of the gate finally being put up and seeing it with the stepping stones and large rocks.







Allen
Allen
My name is Allen Morris the things I learned while building the Shinto Gate were many but there were a lot of more important lessons I learned. I learned that with teamwork you can accomplish anything. I also learned that hard work and a lot of planning can make something quite amazing. The most important thing I learned though was always listen to the teacher because you get things done much faster and have better results.

My favorite thing about the Shinto Gate project was probably when we had it built and put up. We had worked hard for such a long time and to see it standing up and having the sun rays falling on it, that was very amazing. There were many other good aspects I liked while I helped build the gate, just the work with my other classmates was fun in that of itself. I also enjoyed working with everyone else who showed their support for our work, like Officer Welch who showed up almost every day, and even the good comments I received by other teachers in the school.





Brittney
Brittney
The things I have learned from the Shinto Gate project are somewhat simple. The Shinto Gate was hard to accomplish but together we all did it. First periods landscape class did their work then we did ours. As time progressed, we all learned something new about what we were doing. Some learned that if you donít work together you wonít get much done and you may break valuable things. Others learned that if you listen to what youíre told you will do things a whole lot better than if you did it by yourself without any knowledge or experience.

My most favorable memory of this project was when we all had to work together and get it done by the end of the school year. I learned that not everybody should be in a landscape class, in fact most people would probably much rather be in a classroom but not me. Iíll admit I donít really work outside much and probably didnít do much for this project but I learned something new. If you give up and let yourself believe you canít do something when you can then youíll never be any good to anyone.





Dean
Dean
I learned a lot in this class how to work as a team. Then if you didnít work as a team you canít get much done if the project is bigger than you, which the Shinto Gate project was. The most important thing I learned from this class was a life experience in how to work as a team to accomplish a goal. Working in a team will help me in life.

My best memory was putting the gate in place. It was exciting to watch it go into action. I enjoyed it when we all got to work together as a team. It was a life long memory I will never forget.









Shinto Gate perspective.


Landscape Design seniors Aaron and Josh with Mayer.


LD-21 students with the Shinto Gate last day of class.



The AHS Horticulture Website.