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.
The University of Florida IFAS Extension, in cooperation with the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival, the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), and Scotts Miracle-Gro Company hosted the 2013 Annual School Garden Competition for all elementary schools in Florida.
The School Garden Competition is designed to encourage the use of school gardens in elementary schools throughout Florida. Schools are invited to participate in the competition each spring.
This program allows teachers the opportunity to gain recognition for their school garden as well as win monetary funds to help support their garden.
Schools are invited to submit an entry containing a narrative and photos documenting their school garden programs. Deadline for entry is typically at the end of March. Once received, landscape architects, horticulture representatives, educators and researchers from each sponsoring organization will come together to judge the School Garden Competition entries.
There are cash prizes for first, second and third place winners in three categories; Single Class Garden, Multiple Class Garden, and Entire School Garden. In addition to prizes for the winning entries, Miracle-Gro will be pledging to build a community garden for one of the winners!
Florida School Garden Competition
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110675
Gainesville, FL 32611-0675