At Stanford University, gardens beckon visitors to learn en plein air – about small-scale sustainable farming, about sun-loving desert plants, and about sculpture, ranging from works carved in wood and stone by village artists from Papua New Guinea to bronzes created by the renowned French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The gardens are open to the people who live, work and study at Stanford, people who live nearby, and visitors who come to campus from across the nation and around the world.

While most of the gardens were designed for contemplative strolls, the new O’Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm invites visitors to “have a great time getting dirty” while helping its gardens grow – gloves and tools provided.