Children's hands planting wildflowers in a garden

Wildflower gardens to flourish at 33 schools across Florida

Students plant a Seedlings for Schools garden at Celebration Elementary School.The Florida Wildflower Foundation has awarded 2018 Seedlings for Schools grants to 33 schools in 18 counties across the state. Each grant includes wildflower plants, expert guidance from the Foundation, and curriculum resources, including the Foundation’s Wild About Wildflowers! Activity Guide. Teachers will receive plants in the fall and will be eligible to receive more plants in spring 2019 if their fall gardens are successful.

This year’s recipients include public and private elementary, middle and high schools; magnet and charter schools; and special educational centers that assist schools. The wildflowers will be planted as part of existing teaching gardens, in courtyards, at school entrances and outside classrooms. Some of the new wildflower gardens will help attract pollinators to nearby school vegetable gardens, while others will be dedicated butterfly gardens where students can observe insect interactions and learn about Florida’s native wildflowers.

In order to qualify, each school submitted a picture showing a site on school property suitable for wildflowers. Many teachers listed local garden clubs and Florida Native Plant Society and Master Gardeners chapters as part of their teams, which will assist with caring for the gardens.

In their grant applications, teachers overwhelmingly expressed the need to educate children outside with hands-on nature curriculum. A number added that the gardens would build students’ sense of responsibility and teach them to work together harmoniously. One teacher from Boca Raton stated, “This is an opportunity for students to enjoy fresh air and get to know their classmates and teachers in an intimate setting.”

Teachers plan to use the gardens in life sciences, math and language arts lessons as they study life cycles, food chains, ecosystems, plant adaptation and diversity.

2018 Seedlings for Schools Grant Winners

Christa McAullife MiddleBoynton BeachBrevard
Silver Ridge ElementaryDavieBroward
Sheridan Hills ElementaryHollywoodBroward
Altha Public SchoolAlthaCalhoun
Murdock MiddlePort CharlotteCharlotte
James Anderson ElementaryCross CityDixie
Springs Coast Env Ed CenterWeekiwacheeHernando
Woodrow Wilson Middle SchoolTampaHillsborough
Foster ElementaryTampaHillsborough
Learning Gate Community SchoolLutzHillsborough
Greco MiddleTampaHillsborough
Lomax ElementaryTampaHillsborough
Vero Beach ElementaryIndian RiverIndian River
Visible Men AcademyBradentonManatee
Harbour View ElementarySummerfieldMarion
Clay Springs ElementaryApopkaOrange
Creation Kids VillageCelebrationOsceola
Atlantic Community High SchoolDelray BeachPalm Beach
Palm Beach School for AutismLake WorthPalm Beach
Hidden Oaks K-8 STEAMLake WorthPalm Beach
Forest Hill ElementaryWest Palm BeachPalm Beach
KEC/Canal Point ElementaryCanal PointPalm Beach
Palm Beach Central High SchoolWellingtonPalm Beach
Clifford O Taylor/Kirklane ElementaryPalm SpringsPalm Beach
Coral Sunset ElementaryBoca RatonPalm Beach
Ben Gamia Charter SchoolBoynton BeachPalm Beach
Goldsboro Elementary Magnet SchoolSanfordSeminole
The Lyman SchoolWinter ParkSeminole
Pine Jog ElementaryWest Palm BeachSt Lucie
St Lucie Christian SchoolFt PierceSt Lucie
Sea Park ElementarySatellite BeachBrevard
Gove ElementaryBelle GladePalm Beach
Lindsey HopkinsMiamiDade

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Seedlings for Schools grants

The Seedlings for Schools program is supported by proceeds from the State Wildflower tag. Get yours today – it’s just a phone call away!