2016 School Garden Day

School Gardens are sprouting up all over Ontario! Contact us to add your school garden to the map for 2016 School Garden Biodiversity Day, May 20, and join our mailing list to stay up to date with IGES’ school garden news and events! The first 25 teachers/partners who add their school garden will receive a free gift of seeds from USC Canada and a brilliant full-colour digital poster. Then, send us an update of your School Garden Day activities for our blog! (Activities can take place anytime close to May 20.) All participants get a certificate!

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  • Agnes Macphail Public School

    William Parish writes:

    Our garden @ Agnes Macphail PS has been in existence for about 4 years. It is a native species/wildflower garden. Last year the school grew some Milkweed in classes (K-8) and we transplanted to our garden. We have Black-eyed Susan, Turtlehead, Dogwood, Asters, Daisies, Serviceberry and Nannybery. Every year we (students/environment clubs) try to expand and add new native species. These pictures were taken last fall…it is coming back nicely, and we are looking to expand before the end of the school year.

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  • Bendale Business and Technical Institute

    Katie German from FoodShare’s School Grown program writes:

    For School Garden Day this year, students from the Horticulture class will be working outside in our market garden – watering our new crops and transplanting some of the seedlings they have started in the greenhouse. Our student farmers will also be working after school as part of their farming jobs.

  • Beynon Fields Public School

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:
    Beynon Fields PS is a French Emergent YRDSB school with the most enthusiastic and wonderful principal, teachers and school staff.
    We build a hugelkultur keyhole garden as well as a regular keyhole garden at this school. They are also planning for a butterfly garden!
    Three grade 5 classes (77 students) are learning how to grow food through Kids’ Growing City’s 10-week edible gardening program.
  • Blake St. Public School

    Elin Marley of Seedling Stories writes:

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  • Bruce Peninsula District School

    Terri Munn writes:

    We created a “Transition Garden” at Bruce Peninsula District School to teach our students about ensuring resiliency and high environmental practices.  The garden has bloomed into a vibrant part of our school culture.  Over time we acquired a rock seating and working table, a shed, and a watering system.  Our goal is for each elementary class to choose a plant family: each class will select seeds, start them under grow lights, plant them in the garden and nurture them.  In the fall, we have a Harvest Festival and make dishes (like salsa, kale chips, pumpkin cookies) out of our produce.  It’s a roaring success!

  • CMS Montessori School Maplehurst Campus

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:

    Kids’ Growing City is running a 10-week after-school program for many students in different campuses of this private school.
    CMS’s different campuses have been teaching their students edible gardening via Kids’ Growing City for 4 years now.
    Parents and students are very supportive of Kids’ Growing City’s edible gardening initiatives and enjoy the programs while building a beautiful garden.
  • CMS Montessori School Thornhill Campus

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:

    Kids’ Growing City is running a 10-week after-school program for many students in different campuses of this private school.
    CMS’s different campuses have been teaching their students edible gardening via Kids’ Growing City for 4 years now.
    Parents and students are very supportive of Kids’ Growing City’s edible gardening initiatives and enjoy the programs while building a beautiful garden.
  • CMS Montessori School York Mills Campus

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:

    Kids’ Growing City is running a 10-week after-school program for many students in different campuses of this private school.
    CMS’s different campuses have been teaching their students edible gardening via Kids’ Growing City for 4 years now.
    Parents and students are very supportive of Kids’ Growing City’s edible gardening initiatives and enjoy the programs while building a beautiful garden.
  • Cresthaven Public School

    Nancy Gillis writes:

    We first established our small school pollinator garden in spring 2014. The plants are all native species of flowering planting and shrubs. We call our garden “BEE Kind to Birds, Bees and Butterflies.” We have some student-made solitary bee houses on the fence behind the garden and each spring we add some new plants. Last year we added milkweed. This year we are looking to expand the physical space of our garden. We have recently won $5500, some of which will help pay for additional plants, materials for signage and a small fence or railway tie border to go around the garden to help protect the plants while still allowing students to view and explore. We would love to be included on your map and will plan some of our gardening around School Garden Day!

  • Dundas St. Public School

    Elin Marley of Seedling Stories writes:

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  • Eastdale CI

    Katie German from FoodShare’s School Grown program writes:

    Our full semester Seed to Market course at Eastdale CI will be transplanting seedlings and working on putting together some new sub-irrigated planters for our school rooftop garden on School Garden Day 2016!

  • F.H. Miller Public School

    Elizabeth Coelho, teacher, writes:

    Please add my school, F.H.Miller PS, to your school garden project map. We will be participating on May 20th. We are planting some carrots, peas, green beans, squash and tomato plants that are part of the Tomatosphere project. Students are very excited to be out gardening.

    Elizabeth also writes that she’s teaching Grade 1 this year after a year of mat leave, and she has some children who also planted with her as part of her Kinder-GARDEN! project with Green Thumbs back in 2013, who are excited to plant again. Together with Green Thumbs, Elizabeth and 7 other teachers developed a curriculum you can find here.

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  • Grandview PS

    Gail Pearce writes:

    Grandview PS in Bethany made a wonderful circle garden with raised boxes for each class to plant flowers and vegetables. We reaped our harvest in September and had a feast.
    We are preparing our garden and seedlings to be planted on May 20. You can see our garden on Google Earth!

  • Hillside School

    Ruth Anne Cook writes:

    Hillside School, Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, is TOTALLY onto gardening, and we would love to join in your Gardening Day registry of activities. We have recently planted some sugar maples, painted large pots in readiness for planting flowers and herbs, and had a trash bash. We will be active with our gardening this coming week.


  • Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School

    From Linda Benish, Teacher,

    Last year when we joined our focus was on creating a Butterfly Garden.  This year we are adding to that AND creating a vegetable garden for our school’s Day Care to use through out the summer for their children.  The students in Grade 6, under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Frank, have been growing vegetables from seed in a miniature greenhouse in their classroom.  Together the Grade 6’s and Grade 1’s (teacher Ms. Laskowsky) will work together planting seedlings and marigolds to keep the bugs away. They will also create bird feeders and butterfly feeders and place them around the school and in the two gardens.

  • Humewood Community School

    Andrew Lister, HSP, HPE & Eco-Schools Chair, writes:

    Our school is Humewood Community School and we are part of the TDSB Ecoschools program. This year Humewood has extended their garden by planting shrubs and flowers as it becomes a nature study area for all students in kindergarten to grade 8. For more, check out my blog and Twitter (@HEATisGreen).

  • Immaculate Conception School

    From Sara Lotter:

    Immaculate Conception School’s Green Squad, consisting of Grade 3 students, has begun plans for their raised veggie garden.  We’ve planted our seeds and are watching them grow in our classroom.  We are excited for warmer weather when we can get planting!

  • J.R. Henderson PS

    Erin Provost writes,

    Hi there, I’d love to add our kindergarten flower/vegetable/herb gardens to the map!  Thanks

  • James Robinson Public School

    Jeannette McLellan writes:

    Over the last six years, James Robinson Public School in Markham Ontario has developed a universally accessible school yard that features a 550m paved learning trail that links a native shade, sensory and three curriculum based food gardens, an outdoor classroom, stage and a naturalized loose parts play zone. They are currently fund raising to install new accessible play structures. James Robinson Public School has won several awards over the last few years for their specialized green space. Seeds For Change, a York Region organization, is working with us to set up 2 supervised community gardens on site. I have attached a landscape plan (PDF) for your perusal.

  • JF Carmichael PS

    Melissa Yarascavitch writes:
    At JF Carmichael PS, we’re just finishing our second full year with 600 sq ft of edible garden space, a 1200 sq ft pollinator garden, and what we call our “tiny tree farm” where we are taking care of 21 white pine seedlings.

    We have a Green Team of students, about 60 students strong, and we also incorporate garden learning into the curriculum of any class that wants to participate. We’ve taught the expected things like biodiversity, and also the unexpected, like math estimation while spacing and planting seeds.

  • Lakeview Montessori School

    Magda Swisterski writes:

    On behalf of all the children in our Lakeview Montessori School in Windsor, Ontario, I would love to put our school garden on the Map! Thank you!

  • Lambton Park Community School

    Marci Becker writes:

    We are (re)planting our Three Sisters Garden. It is in our classroom, along with our worm compost. We value taking care of living things, and will learn nutritious recipes that include the vegetables from our Garden, corn, beans and squash. We are having a member from the Aboriginal community smudge and help get our garden going (again). We learned while at the Woodland Cultural Centre that the Ojibway people sing to the seeds to encourage them to grow. An elder is going to share his songs with our students so that they can experience/learn the value of traditional indigenous teachings in relationship to the land and all living things.

    I work with all students in our school, teaching visual arts for JK – grade 6. Our indoor garden and worm compost is in my special ed classroom which has students from grades 2 – 6. Students within our lunch program, as well as the KELI (kdgn) Program next door contribute fruit/veges to the worm compost, making it a whole school initiative.

  • Lansdowne Public School

    Trevor Bouck (teacher) writes:

    Our school garden contains 5 raised bed for planting, a seating area, picnic tables and new this year a totem pole carved out of a tree stump of a tree that had to be removed.

  • Lincoln Centennial P.S.

    Katie Wood writes:

    The grade 8 class has just built our first four boxes at our new garden, and we are so excited to plant the seedlings started by the primary students!

  • Millbrook South Cavan Public School

    Wilma Armstrong writes:

    Millbrook South Cavan Public school is enjoying a second year of gardening. Parent volunteers and staff along with donations from local businesses put the raised garden beds together after school spring 2015. This year we plan on planting vegetables and extra Zucchini to have more available for Millbrook’s annual  Zucchini festival held in late September each year.

  • Milliken Mills High School

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:

    Kids’ Growing City’s 10-week gardening program is running in this YRDSB school for a group of 10 high-school students.
    We built a Hugelkultur bed as one of the projects for their amazing Earth Day event, “Let’s Take it Outside”.
  • Morse Public School

    Elin Marley of Seedling Stories writes:

    Morse Public School

  • New Prospect School

    Mary Trist writes:

    Our garden was established about 6 years ago and this year, we have named it, Sophia’s Garden in memory of one of our students who passed away about a month ago.  We would love to send you our progress throughout the next year!




  • Oakridge Jr. Public School

    Elissa Green writes:

    Sign up Oakridge Jr. Public School for our courtyard “Star Garden”.  We are a JK to grade 4 school with over 600 students.  We are an Ecoschool and our courtyard has native plants, plants for pollinators and vegetables and herbs.

  • Queen Victoria Public School

    David Kruger, teacher, writes:

    Just registering for the School Garden Day.

  • Richland Academy

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:

    This private school has enthusiastic teachers and management staff who are eagerly planting a garden.
    20 students in early years as well as 15 students in grade 3 are going through Kids’ Growing City’s 10-week edible gardening program.
  • Rose Ave. PS

    Green Thumbs Growing Kids partners with Rose Ave. PS to animate and provide summer care for the gardens. Garden development began in earnest in Spring 2007, with a design for a children’s garden in the part-sun location at the northwest corner of the property. Food production was expanded in 2010 with the building of three Earthblock beds by students and youth in the sunnier east side of the school, and in 2013 these beds were moved to an even sunnier spot on the south side of the playground. Teacher Dorothy Hwang spearheaded the planting of a number of native fruiting and beautiful shrubs all over the school grounds in 2015, and in 2016, two Kindergarten classes and two older grades are participating in the Garden Buddies program.

  • Seneca Hills Public School

    Leila Mireskandari of Kids Growing City writes:
    65 Kindergarten students are learning how to grow food through Kids’ Growing City’s 8-week edible gardening program which involves planting 2 raised beds of 4’X4′.
    Seneca Hill has been enthusiastically participating in Kids’ Growing City’s programs for 3 years now.



  • Smithfield Middle School

    Denise Oliver writes:

    We have a pollinator garden and two 10 by 10 veggie plots. After the long week-end, we will be planting out the seedlings we have been growing (pumpkins, lettuce and native flowers) into the garden.

  • Sprucecourt Peace Garden

    Green Thumbs Growing Kids writes:

    The Sprucecourt Public School Peace Garden was an initiative begun in 2009 by Lead2Peace, a youth organization in Regent Park. In 2010, Green Thumbs Growing Kids partnered with Sprucecourt PS to develop the food-producing capacity of the garden. Since then, the garden has become an integral part of the school culture. This year, we’re running Garden Buddies programs, which match a Kindergarten class to an older grade, in this case Grade 7/8 Science students, for garden-based learning.


  • St. Brigid Catholic Elementary School

    From Sue Luff, Parent and Garden Co-ordinator,

    We have big plans this year to finish our entire front of school gardens, plant a vegetable crop with the local seniors and plant shrubbery around the base of our new outdoor classroom!!!!  Lots of gardening going on at our school. We planted our gardens on May 20th that were funded by the adopt a plant program.  We also dedicated our new Outdoor Classroom to a lost teacher……and we will be planting new gardens in this outdoor classroom in the fall.  Lastly we started a garden club this year and we are beginning to plant vegetables with some local senior citizens later this week!

    May 20th is our outdoor classroom grand opening and blessing!  We have been prepping our school gardens in excitement for this day.  We also have a garden rejuvenation program we are planting this year, and our adopt-a-plant program was a huge success in the fall.  Our new gardening club of over 50 students have been hard at work, and plan to work with the local seniors to grow vegetables in a community plot this year as well.  We are an extremely green school and love that this program exists. THANK YOU for recognizing the many students that help to make this planet a better place 🙂

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  • St. Christopher Catholic Elementary School

    Kerry Haywood writes:

    We have an active school garden ran by students and the community.

  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Elementary School

    Marina Simpson writes:

    We have community gardens at our school St Kateri Tekakwitha in Hamilton, Ontario and we want to begin planting our seeds and plants very soon. We are hoping that the weather will allow us to do so since all students are anxiously awaiting planting day. We will aim for May 20 as this could be our designate Plant day at school. The kids will be so excited.

  • St. Peter Enterphase

    From Blair Sawa, Teacher,

    We have developed an extensive garden program. Our garden program has been in operation for more than 5 years and each year is an exciting opportunity to try something new.

  • Toronto Waldorf School

    Mimi Cheung writes:

    Toronto Waldorf School would like to participate in the School Garden Day 2016.
    I recently discovered this website. Gardening has always been part of our curriculum!


  • Trinity College School

    Alison Elliot writes:

    We have 8 raised bed veggie gardens at our school, Trinity College School, that are run by students in Grades 5 – 12. They have been growing plants from seed indoors since early April and will be planting them out in the gardens between May 16 – June 1st. Some classes have already got their onions and carrots planted. Our Grade 7 classes will be building vertical gardening frames for their beds to hold up their pumpkins, watermelons, and gourds. They will be building between May 16 – June 1st also.

  • Victory Public School

    From Claire Coulter, parent:

    We would LOVE to participate again this year.  We will be hosting our garden opening day on May 27th, where we hope to have all classes digging in the dirt and planting as we did last year.

  • Winchester Jr. & Sr. PS

    Elizabeth Buchanan, parent gardener at Winchester PS writes:

    We’ve got a full house booked for School Garden Day this Friday.  7 classes will be coming in for garden sessions with parent volunteers.  We’re really looking forward to a busy day and hoping to win over some new teachers to come visit the space regularly.  To that end we’ve just installed 2 new picnic tables to help with craft and garden projects.  And keep an eye out for a new art installation going in this week.

    Meghan Stock, teacher, writes:

    I am teaching kindie music at Winchester and will be bringing two of the classes I have on School Garden Day to the garden to do a little drum circle.

    As a Green Thumbs partner school, Winchester PS parents have taken over some of the gardening programs, specifically the Lunch Recess program and now School Garden Day. At other times, Elin Marley is running Garden Buddies programs there this year, which engages a Kindergarten class with an older grade, in this case Grade 3/4. Chimu Titi also runs Urban Roots Youth programs there, after school, as part of the Green Thumbs Growing Kids suite of programs.

  • Winston Churchill PS

    Megan Alexander writes:

    We have a wonderful edible school garden at Winston Churchill public school.

  • Withrow Ave. Public School

    Elin Marley of Seedling Stories writes:

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  • Yorkhill Elementary School Butterfly Garden

    From Doris Behar, Teacher,

    This year we will continue with the butterfly garden and make new planters for the front but this year we will have every child in the school planting seeds either today or tomorrow.  Some of the plants will go home and some will be added to our butterfly garden.

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  • Yorkview Public School

    David Feldman, teacher, writes:

    We have an awesome food garden in our courtyard that we are prepping for our big planting day after the long weekend. Each spring The Garden Group (an offshoot of the Green Club) has been planting a variety of veggies and herbs including Kale, Eggplant, tomatoes, romaine, potatoes and carrots with great success!
    We celebrate the harvest with a Caesar salad party in June followed by a french fry party in the fall. We also take our tomatoes and have a pasta party. Fun times!!!
    9 families sign up for one week of the summer to come and water and weed.