The Florida School Garden Competition has a long history of recognizing schools for the great work they are doing integrating gardens and classroom education.
We are in the process of restructuring the contest and hopefully growing it even bigger. As a result, we will not be hosting the contest for the 2013/2014 school year. Please check back later in 2014 for updates about the 2014/2015 school year.
Until then, please use the resources on this site to help with your gardening activities. Your local county Extension office can also provide you with information to help your garden thrive. Keep up all the great work you do and good luck in your gardens.
Any garden that is used by teachers and students for educational purposes may enter the competition. The garden may be of any style and size as it functions for the school.
Entries are divided into three categories:
- Single Class Garden: a garden used by one class only.
- Multiple Class Garden: a garden used by more than one class or grade, but not by the entire school. Only the efforts of the classes 6th grade and under will be considered for this award.
- Entire School Garden: a garden that is used by all grade levels at the school. Schools with grades higher than 6th grade are ineligible to enter the entire school category.
The competition begins each fall, when schools are invited to submit an entry (PDF entry form) containing a narrative and photos documenting their school garden programs.
The Florida School Garden Competition entries will be judged by horticultural experts from several organizations, including Epcot®, Scotts Miracle-Gro, the University of Florida, the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.
Florida School Garden Competition
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110675
Gainesville, FL 32611-0675