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School Garden Projects

Protect our friends the Pollinators

The aim of the 2013-2015 School Gardens Project, "Protect Our Friends the Pollinators... They are Plants Best Friend" is to educate school students in North and South America in how to create native gardens on school grounds and to emphasize the importance of pollinators.

By using the classroom as the laboratory, this project can engage students and teachers. In planning for this project, clubs should emphasize using native plants that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other native pollinators to the garden. The gardens may be large or small, portable or stationary. Clubs may also incorporate educational instruction or materials and the sustainability of the gardens. Awards are made to individual gardens: 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 and 4th place $25.

Objectives

  • To educate school students, in North and South America how to create diverse, native gardens on school grounds and to emphasize the importance of pollinators.
  • To help the teachers and students alike be a "Friend to Pollinators".."Plant's Best Friend" by providing food and habitat for pollinators with their choice of plants.
  • Emphasize the use of native, pollinator friendly plants; reduce pesticide use by using organic methods in both flower and vegetable gardens.
  • Emphasize plants for all seasons, different colors, shapes and scents to attract the most variety of pollinators (bees, beetles, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds and even bats).
  • To encourage the creation of Junior Garden Clubs in the schools and communities.

Scope of Project

  • May be a large or small
  • Portable or stationary
  • May incorporate educational instruction and actual garden creations
  • Only actual work during current club year applies, (2013-2014 or 2014-2015)
  • Complete and submit the application form by March 1, and send to June Ashworth, NGC School Gardens Chairman. No Books of Evidence required.

Certificates

  • Presented to local Garden Clubs, International Affiliates at 2014 and 2015 NGC Convention.
  • Presented to participating schools acknowledging their participation.
  • Presented to participating clubs that promote the project as a Special Exhibit at any meeting or Standard Flower Show.
  • Complete and submit the application form by March 1, 2014 or March 1, 2015 and send to June Ashworth, NGC School Gardens Chairman. No Books of Evidence required.
  • Application and photo will not be returned except by request.

Download the School Garden Project Information & Application Form

Contact NGC School Garden Projects Chairmen, June Ashworth or IA School Gardens Chairman, Gloria Remedi, for more information.