Kids Garden Month 2019

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April is Kids Garden Month

Celebrate with the KidsGrow Contest!

“What does your garden grow?”

For Kids Garden Month 2019, we’re encouraging kids to share what grows in their garden! From beans to zinnias, love to cooperation, or food for a hungry friend; kid gardeners, we want to know what grows in your garden!

Gardeners age 0-18: Send a photo, drawing, video, or other creative medium (really, the sky’s the limit!) to KidsGardening telling us what grows in your garden, whether it is tangible or intangible. Entries can be submitted by individuals, or by a class or group. Each week we’ll choose a favorite entry to receive a prize package, and at the end of the month we’ll award two grand prize winners – one to an individual and one to a group or class.

Teachers, caregivers, and parents: Kids have a powerful and meaningful impact on their community. The KidsGrow contest is about acknowledging the garden as a springboard for creative expression, community engagement, and a tool for empowering kids to realize their impact on their families, school, and community. And, whether they realize it or not, gardening has a tremendously positive impact on kids themselves! More than anything, gardening grows kids who care about the natural world, their peers, and where their food comes from.

Contest Rules asks kids (0-18) to submit photos, video, song, drawing, artwork, or words (essay, poem) about what grows in their garden. Creativity is encouraged. If you work with kids who aren’t verbal or who don’t write, an adult can caption their entry (or not). Entries can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  1. Tagging us on social media (see our handles below) and using the hashtag #KidsGardenMonth
  2. Email the entry to [email protected]
  3. Send us snail mail:
    132 Intervale Rd
    Burlington VT 05401

Submitting an entry via social media, email, or mail gives permission to use the entry in the future. We welcome entries from around the world, but only U.S. entries will be considered for prizes.

The Kids Garden Month 2019 contest is open from April 1 – April 30, 2019.

Congratulations to our Kids Garden Month grand prize winners, Andreas and EPiC Elementary School! Learn more about them below.

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Kids Garden Month 2019


Weekly prizes
Kids Garden Month prizesEach week, KidsGardening judges will randomly select one favorite entry from the week to receive a weekly prize. Weekly awardees will be announced via social media on Tuesdays. (4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30). Weekly prizes will be comprised of fun gardening gear for kids, including Gardening with Emma: a Kid-to-Kid Guide by Emma Biggs, lots and lots of seeds from Botanical Interest, webbed gardening gloves from Garden Freak, an aeration container from Smart Pot, books from the Seed Savers series, garden tools from Twigz, and courtesy of our friends at Gardener’s Supply Company: a CowPots seed starting kit, a paper pot press, a farm-to-table themed coloring mat, and a TubTrug! (Please note, we may substitute gloves, tools, or books for younger winners as appropriate.)

Grand prizes
All group and individual entries will be eligible for the grand prizes. KidsGardening judges will choose two grand prize winners: one individual and one group or class. Grand prizes winners will receive all the fun gear as weekly winners, PLUS a $250 gift card from our friends at Gardener’s Supply Company AND a Garden Tower from the Garden Tower Project! Grand prize winners will be announced 5/15/19. Winners are at the sole discretion of KidsGardening.

Congratulations to our 2019 Grand Prize Winners!

Kids Garden Month 2019Grand Prize Winner: Individual

Congratulations to Andreas, age 7! He is a prolific artist and loves gardening. We loved his attention to detail when drawing the life cycles of his favorite flowers. We were particularly impressed with how he drew the root systems on the plants! Andreas’ favorite flower is the sunflower.


Twenty-four different seed packets drawn by Andreas, age 7.

This is all the seeds I could think of while I was drawing.

Kids Garden Month drawing

Sunflower lifecycle. It’s my favorite flower in the whole world because it’s so beautiful

Kids Garden Month drawing

This is the life cycle of the daffodils that grow every Spring in our garden



Grand Prize Winner, Group or Class: EPiC Elementary

The third and fifth grade classes at EPiC Elementary created these fun and colorful computer and by-hand drawings showing all of the tangible and intangible things that grow in their garden.


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Congratulations to our Weekly Winners!

Week 1: Jacob’s Well Elementary

This is a flower at my house that’s growing by the creek. I enjoy looking at the flowers and it was fun to draw.

I was inspired by our school garden. We have onions and carrots growing. We also have a bucket of potatoes growing. When I watered the plants and I thought about how the water flows over the plants…see the water hose and water.

I was inspired by our field of flowers at my house. Outside of our gate, there is a whole field of bluebonnets.

Just 1 root can let the world fly!

The Plant Cycle

This is a picture of our garden. I was inspired by my dad because he is making a garden.


Week 2: Intermediate Unit#1 Campus at Waynesburg

Special needs students created word clouds of garden words!

Week 3: Michael Quaglia

Michael hopes to grow lemons one day, and painted this AMAZING picture!


Week 4: Taylor

Taylor gave us a tour of her garden-in-a-pool, and shared this fantastic strawberry planter!



Kids Garden Month 2019YOU can give the gift of gardening and change a child’s life. 

This April, as a special bonus for Kids GardenMonth, two generous donors have offered to MATCH each donation to KidsGardening every day in April! If you have benefited from our original content, NOW is the time to donate because your gift will go twice as far!


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