History of Youth Gardens

Dec 14, 2012

Gardening with children is not a new concept. Children have probably been gardening for food/survival for thousands of years. However, school gardens are about more than gardening for food, they are about using the garden as an instrument to teach. The following timeline provides you with a brief history of school gardens.

1525 – Botanical garden planted at an Italian University for educational purposes.

16th Century – Quote by Comenius: “A school garden should be connected with every school where children can have opportunities for leisurely gazing upon trees, flowers and herbs and are taught to enjoy them.”

17th Century – School gardens spread throughout Europe.

1869 – Austrian mandate that all schools must have school garden (followed by similar measures in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France, Russia and England).

1890 – First official US school garden at George Putnam School of Roxbury, Massachusetts for wildflowers and vegetables.

1897 – Boy’s Garden established by the National Cash Register Company to instill good work ethic.

Early 20th Century – Large US cities incorporated school gardens including Philadelphia, Cleveland and Washington D.C.

World War I and World War II – Gardens popular as a sign of patriotism.

20th Century – School gardens continue to grow, and Woolly Pocket has made this possible for EVERY school!

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