May 1, 2020 *NEW DEADLINE

May 22, 2020 *NEW DATE


Registration Form
Entry Form Checklist
Entry Form

Full Contest Details
Prizes & Judging Criteria

Grant Writing Tips
Parental Release Form
Parent Release From in Spanish



The Carton 2 Garden program is part of Evergreen Packaging’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among consumers on the eco-friendly benefits of paper cartons. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable, and cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.



Carton 2 Garden
The "Good Luck" garden at Arnold O Beckman High School, was the 2019 Art in the Garden Winner. Here, a student is working on installing flowers grown in cartons.

Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are proud to present our sixth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.

Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Looking for ideas? Check out last year’s winners for inspiration and visit us on Facebook, and Twitter for tips, activities, and lessons.


Register your interest in participating in the 2019-2020 Carton 2 Garden Contest to access a special collection of online lesson plans inspired by previous Carton 2 Garden winners.  By registering, you will also receive periodic tips and reminders from KidsGardening to help keep your project on track.  Click here to register.


Carton 2 Garden
The completed project!

Carton 2 Garden is open to all K-12 public and private schools in the United States. Your school does not need a garden to participate. Pre-K classes located at schools serving additional elementary, middle and/or high school grade levels may also enter the contest.

All entries must document and share their gardening experience through an online entry form and submission of up to 10 photos. In order to be eligible for the grand prize and specialty prizes, entries must also include a video link (under 5 minutes) that tells the story of the project in its entirety. Please note that each student that appears in the photos or video must have an accompanying signed parental release form submitted with your entry. The official parental release form is also available in Spanish.


Online Entry Form

After completing your Carton 2 Garden project, you must fill out and submit an online entry form and include 5 - 10 photos highlighting your project from beginning to end. You can download the Entry Form Checklist to view the information that will be requested.

NEW DEADLINE: Entries are due by Friday, May 1, 2020 by Midnight PST.


Before you begin your project, check out our Judging Criteria so that you know what the judges will be looking for in your creation. Keep in mind that no purchase is necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.


Fifteen (15) entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts.

  • One (1) grand prize winner will be selected to receive a prize valued at $5,000.
  • Four (4) winners will be selected for exemplary demonstration in the following specialty areas: Carton Art in the Garden, Environmental Stewardship, Health & Nutrition, and STEM.  These four (4) winners will receive a prize valued at $2,000 each.
  • Ten (10) winners, five (5) middle/high school and five (5) elementary school, will receive award packages valued at $1,000 each.


Winners will be posted on Carton2Garden.com and KidsGardening.org on Friday, May 22, 2020. Winning schools will be notified within 7 days following the official announcement via email.


All winners are asked to keep us apprised of the progress in their garden. Award winners will receive instructions following the announcement.

  1. Photos of Prize Presentation
    Winners are asked to provide up to five photos of the students receiving their prize (opening the prize box, presentation to the team, etc.)
  2. Progress of the Garden
    A minimum of 10 digital photos will be requested from all winners, regional and national winners showing the progress of the garden after the competition.

Note: Parental photo permission forms will be required for all youth pictured allowing KidsGardening.org and Evergreen Packaging to use the photos at their discretion.


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