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Sewickley Academy Secret Garden

In its ongoing effort to provide educational experiences that engage the hearts, minds, and hands of its students, Sewickley Academy started a “Secret Garden” which serves as an outdoor classroom and experiential learning center. Our goal is to create an environment for students, teachers, staff, and the community to participate together in all phases of soil preparation, sowing, cultivating, harvesting, consuming, and composting, and in turn, gain a deeper understanding of natural systems, while becoming stewards of the earth. We hope that our garden will nurture community spirit, common purpose, and appreciation for the environment by building bridges among students, school staff, families, local businesses, and community organizations. We want to foster in students a lifelong commitment to and appreciation for, plant cultivation and stewardship.

Every student has the opportunity to experience our garden as an outdoor classroom, a plant and wildlife habitat, a valued community space, a source of sustenance for themselves and others, a place for reflection and inspiration, a laboratory, and a model for eco-friendly, sustainable, water-wise gardening and food production. At every grade level, and in nearly every subject, students have opportunities to design, create, and maintain garden spaces and habitats as their knowledge of and responsibilities for the plant and animal processes and environments expand with their talents and skills. Sewickley Academy students learn maintenance and environmental advocacy skills that will serve them and their communities for the rest of their lives.

Community members also use our Secret Garden in a variety of ways and act as volunteers and garden knowledge resources.  A parent on her way to master gardener status uses our garden for her course work.  Neighborhood children play in the gardens and write letters to the "fairies" who live there.  Local garden clubs conduct meetings and workshops in its space.

Where it's at:

315 Academy Avenue
315 Academy Avenue
Sewickley, PA 15143
United States

Garden type:

school/youth garden

Garden size (in square feet):


Garden beneficiaries:

children and families

Number of people reached:

1 200

What this project needs:

community garden creation guidance
volunteer labor
fruit bushes
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Carla Garfield
Jonathan Riddle

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606