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Most schools have underutilized open grassy areas that, with a little imagination, can be transformed into dynamic learning spaces

Laying out the garden

Once a design is agreed upon, work can begin. We start by marking off paths and beds with hoses, string, measuring tapes and spray paint

Discussing the plan

It is really important that everyone involved in the garden's installation understands the plan. This is part of the reason it is so important to have a design drawn to scale present at all workdays

 

Work begins

After everyone is informed about the plan, work can begin. A sod cutter is a useful tool to help with removing unwanted grass from paths and beds and can be rented quite inexpensively.

Construction

Try to involve as many people as possible in all steps of the garden's installation. Teachers, administrators, moms and dads will love not only to get their hands dirty, but to learn a new skill or how to use a new tool!

Learning in the garden

Students are an essential part of the garden's establishment and it's ongoing use. Before planting begins, a brief lesson on tool safety and planting technique will help make the time spent in the garden fun, educational, and safe

 

Cooperation

Pairing students up so they can plant together fosters cooperation, sharing and fun.

Almost finished

All of the hard work that has gone into this garden has really made for an amazing transformation

Garden zones

This garden design has incorporated a farm, a wetland, an outdoor classroom, a butterfly garden, a sensory garden, and a storybook garden…all ideas from the childrens' imaginations.

 

Garden pride

Once the garden is finished, you'll want to tell people all about it. Encourage children to make signs telling people about the garden and showing off all their hard work.

Pairing older students with younger children fosters community building in the school and gives the older students an opportunity to serve as an example and leader

 

Rainbow gardens are one great example of how to make school gardens whimsical as well as educational

Gardening tasks can serve as a calming routine for teachers after a busy day in the classroom

Working in the garden gives students an opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and maybe discover a hidden talent

 

Children of all ages can find something in the garden to learn, do or explore

 

Almost any space can be improved with the addition of some colorful plants

 

Participating in the planting of the garden gives children a sense of ownership. One student erected a tiny fence around his plant for protection from wayward feet

Worms are fun…and good for the garden

 

Participating in the planting of the garden gives children a sense of ownership. One student erected a tiny fence around his plant for protection from wayward feet