What does it take for a school garden to thrive?
When schools invest in professional learning and leadership, the garden becomes an integral part of school culture. A robust school garden increases the environmental and aesthetic value of a campus, making it a more inviting place for building community.
Garden-forward pedagogy is a valuable tool that supports disciplinary content and relates to core academic standards. Whether teaching measurement, seed dispersal, or literary symbolism, garden lessons provide valuable experiential learning.
Tools & Infrastructure
At the very least, a garden needs a sunny location with access to water and soil. Sophisticated materials make a garden look nice, but are difficult to maintain. On the other hand, spaces designed to connect to student learning outcomes become well loved outdoor classrooms.
School gardens are as old as public education and the evidence for garden-based learning has only become more abundantly clear in the 21st century.