The Victorian Schools Garden Award (VSGA) recognises, rewards and celebrates the gardening achievements of schools, their students and community in existing and newly established school gardens. It is run annually across both metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Now in its 40th year, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards have a long history of bringing gardening skills and the joy of learning to school-aged children through their school gardens. These gardens provide spaces where children may learn about productive gardens, biodiversity and sustainable practices, as well as providing a way to engage students, teachers, parents and the broader community. School gardens give students an opportunity to practise environmental management and explore fresh ideas in the face of climate change by being involved in the development of green spaces within their own school environment.
There are $35,000 worth of prizes for schools to win by simply entering an online power point application with your school’s gardening achievements. The prizes are in the form of a voucher to be redeemed at a retail nursery which is a member of Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria (NGIV) or in-kind product prizes such as a Turf Package or Orchard.
A VSGA Presentation Day is held the Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens in late November to celebrate winning schools’ gardening achievements and announce category, State and Kevin Heinze Perpetual Award winners.
Entries to the 2017 Awards will open on the 1st July 2017 and close on the 15th September 2017.