Want to start a garden? Hire the Wylde Center’s Garden Coach team.
Gardens build healthy minds, bodies, and communities. Gardens connect people to the environment, their food, and the people around them. When you start a garden and invite people in, you see greener futures unfold for everyone.
This is especially true for school gardens, where students participate in hands-on outdoor learning that reinforces their classroom curriculum as they try new foods become environmental stewards. Say you want to plant a garden at your school – but where do you start? Or maybe you already have a garden, but don’t know how exactly to take care of it. Or all of your plants are wilting – what’s wrong, and what do you do? School gardens can be daunting, especially for parents and teachers who don’t have horticulture training.
To lend a green thumb, the Wylde Center is excited to formally launch its Garden Coach program in 2014. We now offer Garden Coach services for schools, churches, and other non-profit organizations to help start gardens and keep them going.
The Wylde Center offers a number of different services and packages to meet all of your school garden needs:
Site Visit and Consultation
The Wylde Center’s Garden Coach visits your site to recommend what steps to take with your garden: where to build it, how to repair it, what to plant, how to maintain it, and more. Consultation includes a report summarizing the visit and recommended action.
Following a site visit, receive a drawing detailing your garden’s current state or recommended future plans.
Cost: $50 per drawing
Workday Led by a Garden Coach
Not sure what to do with your garden, but have parents eager to help? Our Garden Coach can come to your garden and lead volunteers in a work day where they can all learn to maintain, plant, and build your school garden. Visits of one hour or less will be mostly lecture and instruction; for the Garden Coach to work alongside volunteers, we recommend purchasing multiple hours.
Cost: $75/hr, plus materials. For three or more hours, $50/hr.
Get a jump start and a discount on stating your school garden. Package includes an initial site visit, drawing, and one 6-hour work day. Minimum 10 volunteers (ages 12 and up) required for work day.
Cost: $400, plus materials
Seasonal Planting Package
Get the seasonal help you need to get the most out of your garden during the school year. Package includes six hours of consultation, recommendations, and maintenance or work day leadership for spring and fall plantings
Cost: $275, plus materials
Seasonal Learning Package
Want to learn how to care for the garden every season? Have our Garden Coach visit your garden to lead a workday where you can learn alongside them in spring, summer, fall, and winter. 8 hours total.
Cost: $350, plus materials
Education Program Discount
Give your students the whole package, and get a discount! If your school enrolls in our Garden to Classroom Program for five or more hours per semester, Garden Coaching will only cost $50/hr for that school.