The Victorian Schools Garden Program (VSGP) previously known as the Victorian Schools Garden Awards (VSGA) recognises the importance and value of gardens and outdoor spaces in progressive modern education.
Established by Paul Crowe OAM and the late Kevin Heinze in 1977, the Victorian Schools Garden Program have a long history of bringing the joy of gardens and gardening to school aged children. As a forerunner in environmental education, the VSGP encourages sustainable practices especially focusing on the development of school grounds and their environmental health.
School gardens provide spaces where children may learn about productive gardens, biodiversity and sustainability, as well as providing a way to engage students, teachers, parents and the broader community.
They also give teachers the opportunity to take learning outdoors and provide students an opportunity to practise and explore fresh ideas in the face of climate change by being involved in the development of green spaces within their own school environment.
The Victorian Schools Garden Program comprises of:
Grants Designed to encourage school to start new gardens or repair existing gardens by providing funding towards school’s garden projects.
Awards Recognises and rewards the achievements of students and school communities in their school gardens.
Professional Development Workshops (PDW) Providing teachers and volunteers the basics of school gardens and engaging our children in outdoor learning.
Garden Support Connecting schools with a horticulture industry expert to assist with large scale garden problems.
The Awards and Grants programs are open to all Victorian State Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.