The Victorian Schools Garden Awards (VSGA) recognise the importance and value of gardens and outdoor spaces in progressive modern education.
Established by Paul Crowe OAM and the late Kevin Heinze in 1977, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards have a long history of bringing the joy of gardens and gardening to school aged children. Held annually, the Awards program recognises and rewards the achievements of students and school communities in their school gardens. Entries to the Awards open on the Friday 23 March 2018 and close on the Friday 14th September 2018.
A review of the VGSA program in 2014 led to the introduction of a Grants program. Held in tandem with the Awards program, the Grants program is designed to encourage school to start new gardens and provides funding towards school’s garden projects. Applications for 2018 Grants open on the 1st March and close on the 27th April 2018.
The Awards and Grants programs are open to all State Government, Catholic and Independent Schools.
The VSGA also hosts and participates in Professional Development Workshops (PDW) for teachers, parents and volunteers with a focus on the development of sustainable school gardens. These PDWs provide advice and support to teachers in their crucial role as guides and mentors and showcase schools that are doing it right as examples for other schools to follow.