School gardening is seen as an activity that enables schools to provide dynamic environments that support student mastery of educational

standards -California Department of Education 2002

School Gardens

A School Garden offers a wonderful, creative space in which children of all abilities can achieve something real that is valued by others School Garden Wizard

Pick School

Layout / Design the Garden

Discuss the Plan


Learning in the Garden



Energy Interest

Emphasis Balance
Focal Point

Reason Planting Schemes


Basic Design Principles

What would you like students to learn in the garden?

What would you like them to do?

What topics do you teach that might be enriched by a garden?

What additional topics could you teach if you had a school garden?

What student interests might be expressed in this garden?

What are some potential educational goals for this project?

What other Purposes might this garden serve?

What existing landscape features present opportunities for an educational garden?

What are priorities for the garden s design and use?

Garden Vision

ABC Garden

Art Garden

Butterfly Garden

Herb Garden

Jack and the Bean Stalk Garden

Kinder Garden

Kitchen Garden

Reading Garden

Math Garden

Maze Garden

Nutrition Garden

Peter Rabbit Garden

Pizza Garden

Native Plant Garden

Salsa Garden

Sensory Garden

Storybook Garden

Tea Garden

Vegetable Snack Garden

Wildlife Garden

Garden Types

Local Hardware Stores
Short shelf life Broken packaging no condition to sell

Funeral Parlors

Local Florists

School Librarians High School Science Teachers Neighborhood Residents

Some plants become unsuitable for sale- they often give them away

National Assiciation for the Exchange of Industrial Resources
School Member = Free Materials

Services Products Volunteer Assistance

Non-profit = purchasing at cost Local Nurseries


D-handled Cutting Spades



Short-tined Rakes




Watering Cans

Gardening Tools Needed

Cutting Board





Kitchen Tools Needed





Bell peppers














Coastal sage



Green beans

Sweet peas

Plants Suggestions

Mendoza Elementary School Garden

Mesa, AZ

Grades: K-6


5000 sq ft

Just do it! Don t wait for all conditions to be perfect just start and go with what you have. It may take years for the vision to take its final form. Don t let your own limitations determine whether or not you should start a school garden. The students play a huge role and you have to just go with it

Herbs, veggies, flowers

Funded by Grants

Construction by Parent volunteers and Students

Case Study -1

Gateway School Garden, Santa Cruiz Case Study -2

Bonny Doon Elementary School Life Lab
Solar Powered

Case Study -3

Holy Cross Life Lab

Case Study -4

Green Acres, Santa Cruiz

Case Study -5

Westlake, Santa Cruiz

Case Study -6

Valencia Elementary, Aptos

Case Study -7

Greenhouse Case Study

Greenhouse Case Study cont.

Gathering Spaces

Gathering Spaces cont.

Gathering Spaces cont.

Gathering Spaces cont.

Gathering Spaces cont.

Tool Sheds

Kitchen and Sink Case Study

Kitchen and Sink Case Study cont.

Kitchen and Sink Case Study cont.

Kitchen and Sink Case Study cont.

PVC Hoops for Birds

Movable Beds

Wheelchair Bed

Hexagon Beds

Metal Strap

Raised Beds vs Inground

Cement Block Beds

Container Garden


Drip Lines On/Off

Soaker Hose

Wine Barrel Containers

Interactive and cost effective watering systems

Weather Station Root Box

Human Sundial

Solar Bird Bath

Desk Garden

Garden Tunnel

PVC Plant Done Trelis

Sink Garden

Tire Garden

Shed doubles as teaching area

Aggie Horticulture Just for Kids! City Farmer Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Earthways School Gardening Program Ecology Center | Berkeley, California EE Link: Environmental Education Activities - School Gardens Essential School Lunch Resources Garden in Every School Registry of the National Gardening Association Garden Mosaics Horticultural Therapy - School and Community Gardening Journey to Forever Junior Master Gardener

KidsGardens! Garden Resources Margaret Beeks Elementary School Gardening Project, Blacksburg, VA Nutrition and Health and School Gardening Programs that Work - School Gardening and Horticulture Programs Research Notes on School Gardening School Gardens School and Community Gardening Steiner School Gardens

School Garden Web Links

Gardens for Learning Gardens for Learning is a comprehensive guidebook that provides a strong foundation to support the growing school garden movement. It was developed by a team of experienced garden educators, nutritionists, state officials, and other garden experts. This guidebook is a must-have resource for anyone looking to enhance learning through the use of gardens in schools and other community settings. Click here to download.

Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow Web based guide to starting, caring for, and teaching in a school garden created by the Master Gardener Association of San Diego. Student's Guide to Composting Composting in the Classroom: Scientific Inquiry for High School Students, by Nancy Trautmann and Marianne Krasny is a comprehensive guide for teachers interested in guiding compost research projects by high school students. Click here to download.

Gardens for Learning Standards Supplement Free Seeds! from The Dinner Garden The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has produced a supplement to the Gardens for Learning book. This supplement maps the activities The Dinner Garden fights hunger by supplying people with free vegetable mentioned in the book to California State Education Standards for grades K-6. You seeds. The site also offers planting guides and gardening information. can download or request a free copy at California Department of Education School Garden Resource Packet Lowes Contains over ten items, including Life Lab Science Program's "Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms." California Teachers Home depot request your free copy, by sending your mailing address here. OSH A Child's Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards Green thumb A guide to garden-based education using existing curricula in grades 2nd through ACE hardware 6th. It links activities selected from several published educational materials to specific academic content standards at each grade level in science, history/social sciences, mathematics, and English language arts. These varied publications, many already widely used and field-tested by teachers statewide, feature effective garden-based learning strategies. Download a PDF order form to purchase a hard copy or download a PDF version for free at the CDE's download page.. WE Garden Lesson Plans California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC), along with other garden-based learning organizations, developed this series of 10 garden-based lesson plans in May 2009 as the educational component of First Lady Maria Shriver s WE Garden in Capitol Park. Educators can use the lessons to transition the hands-on, real world experiences learned in a garden, into in a traditional classroom setting. Activities are based on overarching garden themes, such as Nourishing and Nurturing Soil with Compost, Following Food from Farm to Fork, Tasting and Testing the Harvest, and Observing and Identifying Garden Pests. Adaptable for students of all ages, the WE Garden lesson plans meet multiple CA State Board of Education Content Standards for first through sixth grades. Lesson plans are available for download at

California School Garden Network

Bountiful Gardens 18001 Shafer Ranch Rd. Willits, CA 95490-9626 (707) 459-6410 fax (707)459-1925 Evergreen Y. H. Enterprises (Asian Vegetable Seeds) P.O. Box 17538 Anaheim, CA 92817-7538 (714) 637-5769 fax (714)637-5769 Havasu Hill Herbs 20150-A Rough & Ready Trail Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 536-1420 Heirloom Garden Seeds P.O. Box 138 Guerneville, CA 95446 Hudson, J. L. Seedsman Star Route 2, Box 337 La Honda, CA 94020

Kitazawa Seed Co. P.O. Box 13220 Oakland, CA 94611-3220 (510) 595-1188 fax (510) 595-1860 Lockhart Seeds P.O. Box 1361 3 N. Wilson Way Stockton, CA 95201 (209) 466-4401 Mountain Valley Growers, Inc. 38325 Pepperweed Road Squaw Valley, CA 93675 (209) 338-2775 fax (209) 338-0075 Ornamental Edibles 3272 Fleur De Lis Court San Jose, CA 95132 (408) 929-7333 fax (408) 929-5775 Redwood City Seed Co. P.O. Box 361 Redwood City, CA 94064 (415) 325-SEED

San Francisco Herb Company 250 14th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 800-227-4530 415-861-7174 Taylor s Herb Gardens 1535 Lone Oak Road Vista, CA 92084 (619) 727-3485 fax (619) 727-089

Seed Resources

America the Beautiful Foundation A great resource for all aspects of keeping America beautiful, including financial aid, corporate sponsorship, hands-on community activities, etc. EE Link Chock full of professional resources, classroom ideas, grant funding, and job listings for all you wandering souls. The most comprehensive EE site on the web! IL Green Door This site is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and features EE resources for learners of all ages; includes information on careers, classroom activities, technology strategies, and connections to learning standards. National Gardening Association A comprehensive resource for all aspects of gardening, including environmental issues, kids gardening, planting tips, etc. North American Association for Environmental Education The North American Association for Environmental Education promotes a healthy, sustainable environment through education and provides support for environmental

Biodiversity Web A technical report for five ecosystems (agro-ecosystems, coastal areas, forests, freshwater systems, and grasslands); provides detailed, complete information. Three of the reports are now available to order or view online: Forest, Grassland, and Freshwater ecosystems. Chicago Wilderness Educational resources and information on how to become involved in local biodiversity conservation in the Chicagoland area.

Economics of Biodiversity Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Rules If you are interested in the topic of biodiversity as it relates to world trade issues, this site is for you. The mission of this site is fib.html to influence, A fascinating study of one of nature s golden rules encourage, and assist societies throughout the world to patterns repeat conserve the themselves (albeit not without exception). Activities will integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any challenge use of natural students and teachers to contemplate everyday items resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable . Greatand encounters for making through a lens of math and art. An excellent classroom connections to economics. resource. Planet Pals Classroom projects from around the world reflect what some students are working on to help our universe. You can contribute to Planet Pals by sending a link to your own classroom projects.

Value of Biodiversity sity/index.html A world map defining areas of high concern for conservation leads to a discussion of biodiversity in economic terms. Measurement of biodiversity values are needed to determine the 'where' of in situ conservation action rather than the 'how', particularly in deciding which combinations of available areas could represent and help sustain the most biodiversity value for the future. This raises questions such as What is biodiversity? What is the value basis for measuring it? What practical approaches are available for measuring this biodiversity value?

Environmental Education Groups

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