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.
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.