Given the recent blanket of snow that wrapped itself around much of southern Ontario yesterday, it’s easy to believe that Wiarton Willie was right to predict six more weeks of winter. Of course that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to warmer weather, no matter how far away it seems. In fact, now is the perfect time to start planning your garden, whether you already have an established garden or you’re thinking of starting one in the spring. Even if you’re thinking of simply starting some indoor plants for your classroom, use some garden planning activities to banish those winter blues!
We’ve recently added a Getting Started section to our resources page, so have a look for ideas and inspiration to carry you through the rest of the winter. Ontario EcoSchools has a great resource for Greening School Grounds, and School Garden Wizard provides useful guides for designing your garden, including some examples of conceptual drawings. And be sure to take a browse through Evergreen’s resources for more activities like The Mystery Garden and School Ground Naturalization Project. If you still need inspiration, watch some of the recently added videos to see some of the great work in communities around the world!
And of course there’s still School Garden Day to look forward to! If you haven’t heard about it yet, School Garden Day is happening on Friday, May 23 in schools all across Ontario in an effort to promote community spirit, biodiversity, and local food systems. Any school can take part–whether you have an outdoor garden or some potted classroom plants–by planting something new with their classes on May 23. We’ll share your stories and photos with other schools across the province and you’ll also receive a certificate of participation to show off in your school!
Also take a look at what happened last year on School Garden Day at Castlebridge Public School in Mississauga. This year it could be your school! To participate, simply fill out the registration form (version francaise) and email it to us at agardenineveryschool[@]gmail.com. You can send any questions you have to that address as well, and if you have a garden already, make sure to let us know so we can add it to our map. In the meantime, stay warm and comfort yourself with visions of what your spring garden could be!