Designing a school garden for a new way to learn

United States

A competition to help schools set up their own educational gardens and take advantage of what nature can teach their students!

Budding Botanist: Designing and creating a school garden


Teachers, grab your trowels!

The concept: to inspire teachers to design the botanical garden or vegetable patch that they would like to create at their schools, with prizes awarded to the best ones. But that's not all, the gardens must also be brought to life! The schools must also propose a gardening-related educational program for their students. This competition, launched in 2017, is based on a wonderful collaboration. For this initiative, Klorane Botanical Foundation has partnered with KidsGardening, a major player in the school gardening movement in the United States.


The prize: everything required to bring the garden to life

The winners (6 to 15 schools depending on the edition) will receive two things. Firstly, $1000 to $2,500 in funding to create the garden (or expand an existing garden) and purchase the materials required to maintain it. And secondly, a training kit worth $200 to $500 to assist in the students' botanical education.


Children learn faster when they get their hands dirty

This is the observation made by everyone who's had the chance to get children involved in a gardening project. Indeed, the benefits go far beyond a deepened knowledge of the botanical world: children learn to care for nature, and they develop a team spirit and a sense of well-being.


Studies even suggest that students who have taken part in gardening activities get better grades in their science classes!

A challenge for city dwellers, but not just!


Budding Botanist 2019


For each edition, the competition is open to American school kids aged 5 to 18 (grades K – 12). Some are used to urban concrete, others live surrounded by nature. Schools that want to participate submit an application detailing their project.
A panel of experts deliberates each year to pick the winning projects.



New criteria for the edition 2020-2021

Given the limitations posed by distance and hybrid learning options, applications that propose projects focused on the creation of virtual garden-based learning opportunities or take home gardening kits to better serve students engaged in remote learning were also encouraged and accepted. 

15 schools have been granted for their creativity and the social and environmental impact of their proposal

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Winners of the 2019 – 2020 edition

  • Plymouth, MN: FAIR Pilgrim Lane School
  • Brooklyn, NY: MS 915
  • Philadelphia, PA: Northeast High School
  • Knoxville, TN: Austin-East Magnet High School
  • Springdale, AR: Central Junior High
  • Tucson, AZ: Imago Dei Middle School
  • Lakewood, NJ: New Road School of Ocean County
  • Pa’auilo, HI: Pa’auilo School
  • Pine Ridge, SD: Red Cloud Indian School
  • Siren, WI: Siren School District
  • Omaha, NE: Walnut Hill Elementary
  • Columbia, SC: Windsor Elementary

Winners of the 2018 – 2019 edition

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Redford, Michigan
  • Knoxville , Tennessee
  • Los Banos, California
  • Jackson Heights, Queens, New York 
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut

    Winners of the 2017 – 2018 edition

    • Boulder
    • Chicago
    • Kansas City
    • New York
    • San Francisco
    • Washington D.C.

    Discover 2018's Edition video


    Please note that this initiative is currently restricted to the United States. .

    More information about edition 2018



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