For the second edition, the competition was open to all schools in the United States.
This national grant program initiated by KidsGardening and supported by the Klorane Botanical Foundation is a tremendous opportunity for all kids and teachers to create an educational garden.
Raising the environmental awareness of young city dwellers
The purpose of this initiative – through the creation of an educational garden – is to raise the awareness of young city dwellers to the importance of respecting the environment and the of ecosystem that surrounds us.
6 finalists among 161 candidates
"Inez Elementary School" – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Theme: "Desert and Prairie Garden"
This garden will combine traditional regional design techniques with Xeriscaping ("nature-scaping") to promote water retention and erosion management.
"Thurston High School" – Redford, Michigan
Theme: "Rain Garden"
A rain garden will be installed at this school to promote biodiversity and watershed health while combating invasive species.
"Spring Hill Elementary School"– Knoxville , Tennessee
Theme: "Certified Wildlife Habitat"
This project is part of an existing local program to promote plant and animal biodiversity. It will use indigenous species only.
"M. Miano Elementary School" – Los Banos, California
Theme: "The Gateway Project"
This school has decided to devote an entire part of an existing garden, to carnivorous plants to feature a different ecosystem and biome.
"The Renaissance Charter School" – Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
Theme: "Renaissance Rooftop Garden"
As part of an educational program focused on agriculture, this school has imagined a rooftop vertical garden.
"Waltersville School" – Bridgeport, Connecticut
Theme: "Waltersville School Garden"
This school will revamp the existing garden to create a habitat for pollinators, including a corridor for butterflies.
Each of the 6 winners will receive a $2,500 grant as well as educational materials worth $500, to set up their school garden. The gardens will be revealed starting March 2019.