Monday, August 31, 2009

Elementary School Garden - Advise Wanted

A friend has asked for my advise regarding installing a garden. This will be a children's garden at an elementary school. Have any of you done anything like this? If so, any advise?


  1. No, but I really love the idea. I guess I would start with something easy to care for and forgiving in nature for them to start with. I think every school should have a garden that the kids can help tend. Science at work! I might suggest that to my kids' schools.

  2. There are preparations on the way for such a garden in front of our elementary school. They plan to grow some vegetables for a school cafeteria. I think it'll be good to start with some easy fall crops. I don't know your zone, but there should be some crops for the fall and then, some crops that can overwinter. But first things first -there should be a group of people, teachers and/or parents leading this project. Good luck!

  3. I'd check out the link

    The site was created by the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Chicago
    Botanic Garden for people who want to develop gardens for children.

    Also, here are some tips I copied from an MSU newsletter (which has a reknown children's garden):

    - Foremost goal is encouraging outdoor physical activity and interest in eating vegetables
    and fruits.
    - Use plants you can feel, smell, taste, touch and hear
    - Use edible flowers such as pansies, nasturtiums, borages, etc.
    - Use plants that will have winter interest such as grasses, shrubs, and trees with colored
    or exfoliating bark, evergreens, and plants with seed pods that will persist into winter

  4. P.S. My consulting fee is one string grocery bag--HA!!!! ;-)

  5. Good luck with all your grand advice. I say have lots of places to sit, birdhouse, water feature, frog house, fairy home---ok, I got carried away.

  6. The first seeds my mother gave me were Zinnias. I think I was 5 or 6 years old. A few survived and grew and bloomed... needless to say, I was hooked on plants after that. I thought they were beautiful!

  7. I do a garden for my children's preschool. You can see a bunch of postings about it on my blog, but I would also be happy to answer any questions. just email me at bonnielaurie at