School Garden Day – Exceeding Expectations

From Hamilton to Thunder Bay, schools across the province are gearing up for School Garden Day. We have reached our goal of 20 participating schools and hope to exceed it by Friday! Participants will come together this Friday, May 23rd to foster community spirit, celebrate local food systems and engage children and youth in healthy living.

There is some amazing work happening in Ontario’s classrooms and schoolyards. These creative examples may give you some inspiration for your own activity this Friday:

  • 700 students and teachers of Nellie McClung Public School in Maple, ON, will be planting flowers around all the trees, making planters and ensuring a plant is in every classroom.
  • In Hamilton, participants at St. Michael School will be planting a Pizza and Soup Themed Garden, featuring herbs and vegetables that can be used for these delicious dishes!
  • A Butterfly Garden including Milkweeds, Daisies and Black-eyed Susans will be planted at Yorkhill Elementary School in Thornhill.


School Garden at Prince of Whales Public School in Peterborough. Potatoes, broccoli and beans have been planted, with more to be added this Friday. Photo supplied by Andria Brusey.

The date is fast approaching but it’s not too late to join! Activities can be as simple or ambitious as you want, and you can register as a class or a whole school. The more the merrier! Something as little as an indoor plant is enough to qualify for participation. For more inspiration visit our resource section.

Over 1800 students, teachers and parents will participate on School Garden Day making a positive difference in their communities and across the province. Don’t forget to share any pictures of your own and register your school if you haven’t already!  #SchoolGardenDay