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School Gardens

Below are some of the wonderful school gardens that have been constructed and maintained through partnerships between the Washington Youth Garden, local schools, communities, the UDC Master Gardeners, and other great gardening organizations in DC!

Center City

Center City Charter School, Trinidad Campus has been a Garden Science partner with WYG since 2004. In the spring of 2010 the WYG and Center City partnership blossomed with the addition of the Center City school garden! The school now has 9 raised garden beds of fruits and vegetables in an area that used to be extra space in the parking lot.


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The Center City garden area before the garden installation 


Center City students preparing some of the delicious greens from their school garden

Elsie Whitlow Stokes

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School has been a WYG Garden Science partner since 2008. The school garden was constructed in 2009 with support from the school’s Wellness Coordinator and grant funding. There are over a dozen raised garden beds and counting by the front entrance of the school and in the back courtyard. The students get to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor in the cafeteria’s salad bar. Delicious! The teachers at EW Stokes also use vegetables that are harvested from the garden for classroom lessons.

EW Stokes students watering lettuce in their school garden  


Students painting signs for their garden

John Burroughs Education Campus

The John Burroughs Education Campus has been a Garden Science partner since 2011. The school garden was built in the Spring of 2011 and includes five raised garden beds. A butterfly garden and herb garden were also built in 2011 through a partnership with City Blossoms. All the students at Burroughs are now able to learn about growing vegetables and can enjoy the bounty of the garden! 


  Burroughs students watering the lettuce in their garden


Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School

The Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter School has been a WYG Garden Science partner since 2011. The garden, consisting of three raised beds, was constructed in the spring of 2011.  Students at Bethune are growing tomatoes, peas, carrots, lettuce, and radishes, beans and a variety of herbs throughout the year. The garden was constructed in the concrete entrance way of the school. The garden helps to make the school entrance more beautiful and delicious!

The garden site before the garden installation


Anna and a kindergarten class planting beans

Thurgood Marshall Elementary

Thurgood Marshall Elementary is the newest addition the Garden Science program, beginning the 2011-2012 school year. The third, fourth and fith grade students are all participating in the program. An edible school garden will be installed in the spring.