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Designing a school garden for a new way to learn

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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

budding botanistTeachers, 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 receive $1000 to create the garden (or expand an existing garden) and purchase the materials required to maintain it. 


budding botanistChildren 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!

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 from the 2020-2021 edition

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. 18 schools have been granted in 2022, and 20 schools in 2023. They all propose a real social and environmental impact.

More details on the 2021 Winners 

More details on the 2022 Winners

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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
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Winners of the 2018 – 2019 edition

    • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Redford, Michigan
    • Knoxville , Tennessee
    • Los Banos, California
    • Jackson Heights, Queens, New York 
    • Bridgeport, Connecticut
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    Winners of the 2017 – 2018 edition

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

      Discover 2018's Edition video


      Partners on the subject

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