School gardens : a first step towards whole school sustainability

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Widdop Quinton, H & Cutter-Mackenzie, AN 2008, 'School gardens : a first step towards whole school sustainability', Eingana, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 11-13.


School gardens have become a place of rich teaching and learning. Schools are increasingly transforming expanses of asphalt and frayed grasses into food gardens, wetlands, frog bogs, butterfly gardens, rock gardens and bird habitat islands, creating natural spaces for children to experience the environment. In searching for real life experiences to enhance learning, teachers are turning to gardening and other school grounds projects that many passionate teachers over the years have instinctively known benefited their students; a premise that a growing body of research endorses, demonstrating the manifold benefits of these experiences.