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100 Plus Years of Garden-Based Learning

"Out of the Ground" From The Beginner's Garden Book A Text Book for Upper Grammar Grades 1914

​Check out the Chard those kids are holding!!

And we thought that our 35 plus years of school garden work at Life Lab was a long time. Browse through these school garden publications from a 100+ years ago! There are some great illustrations and images in many.


The Beginner's Garden Book; A textbook for the upper grammar grades – 1914
Principles and Practice of School Gardening – 1913
The School Garden. A practical contribution to the subject of education – 1879
Children's Gardens for Pleasure, Health and Education – 1910
How to Make School Gardens; A manual for teachers and pupils – 1915
Among School Gardens – 1910
Gardening in Elementary City Schools – 1916
Educational School Gardening and Handwork – 1913
Children's Gardens for School and Home : A manual of cooperative gardening – 1904
The School Garden Book – 1909


 

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Rachel Pringle

Rachel PringleSenior Director of ProgramsEducation Outside

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