Integration of the garden across the teaching curricula over multiple grade levels is essential for success. The school garden is a natural forum for cross-disciplinary connections, enabling fluid learning across the curriculum. Plant-based activities based on a school garden or outdoor habitat support a variety of learning styles and abilities and are always hands-on and engaging, real-life learning endeavors that help kids gain lifelong skills in a natural environment.

One of the key premises of contemporary school gardening advocates is that garden-based lessons…
  • help students meet performance standards across disciplines
  • appeal to different learning styles
  • apply concepts through the contexts of real-world experiences
  • provide rich activities and experiences for students of all learning abilities
  • are student-centered
  • foster positive engagement and responses from students
  • provide evidence for educators and administrators that shows a garden supporting the attainment of educational goals

Tip: Vigilant evaluation of a program, both within the school and at the level of a school gardening network, can help document improved student performance and validate the value of gardening and plant-based activities within the educational system.

See Teaching with Plants for curriculum ideas.