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School Garden Gardens & Tours


This section includes a variety of model gardens. The school gardens are ones that for a variety of reasons we consider success stories. Community gardens can provide examples of various construction methods and materials as well as planting suggestions for a small garden space. Whether specialty or general purpose, demonstration gardens will show plants at their mature size and give ideas for plant groupings. Garden tours are also a good source of information about plant selection as well as specialty and habitat gardening. Successful school gardens are often featured on local tours.

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School Gardens

Bay Farms Elementary School/Alameda Butterfly Habitat
Bay Farms Elementary School is home to the Alameda Butterfly Habitat, which once was nothing but a slab of concrete. It now provides educational opportunities for the entire school as well as a beautiful place for the community to visit. The garden's website includes curriculum and standards related links as well as resources on getting and keeping volunteers.
Bay Farm Elementary School
200 Aughinbaugh Way
Alameda, CA 

Demonstration Gardens

Particularly Useful Resource! The Watershed Project
The Watershed Project is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to support healthy watersheds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Programs and services include workshops for educators and the general public about school gardening, gardening resources and grant information and assistance, and Teacher Action Grants to support teachers engaged in school gardening. The Project also has a demonstration garden featuring native plants as well as a propagation nursery offering plants for sale. It publishes a newsletter with helpful information and resources for school gardening.

The Gardens at Heather Farm
The Gardens at Heather Farm include a variety of demonstration gardens featuring a broad range of plants situated in more than twenty demonstration gardens and learning sites. The gardens demonstrate low-maintenance, water conserving and environmentally friendly pest management methods, as well as stunning landscape techniques and designs.

Gardening for the Environment
Garden for the Environment maintains a nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping. In addition, it offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems. GFE 's programs include a three month intensive Gardening and Composting Educator Training program, monthly Compost Education workshops conducted at the garden and community gardens throughout San Francisco, the Resource Efficient Landscape Education series, and the School Education program offered in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco's Department of the Environment.

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Community Gardens

We are looking for Community Garden resources. Let us know if you have a favorite Community Garden that would serve as a good school garden model or that has knowledgeable gardeners interested in assisting school gardeners.

Garden Tours

Bay Friendly Gardening
The Bay Friendly Gardening Program operates under the auspices of StopWaste.Org. to sponsor a variety of programs promoting environmentally sound gardening practices. The program includes workshops; garden tours; and information on soil preparation, plant selection, and composting. The website contains a list of local nurseries that stock bay friendly plants and give a 10% discount with a downloadable flyer as well as a list of native plant sources throughout the Bay Area. The website also features links to sources for salvaged, recycled, and organic landscape materials and a variety of other garden resources.

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour
This annual tour spotlights gardens throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that feature a significant number of California native plants in their design. At the website below, you will find useful information on how to get started with natives, where to find plants, and which ones attract wildlife as well as other helpful resources.

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