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garden to greet spring

This planting of hardy spring-blooming bulbs and fall-flowering perennials is anchored by evergreen shrubs for interest throughout the school year. 

Active Learning
Use this Learning Habitat for fall and spring studies in seasonal change, plant diversity, plant parts and growth cycles.

Suggested curriculum link: Journey North
An internet-based curriculum for students to track wildlife migration and report spring's movement north, observing the same tulip variety at sites across North America.


  • Suitable for a courtyard planting
  • Daylilies and daffodils interplanted for easy upkeep
  • Bulbs have extended bloom, will naturalize to last many years
  • Perennials for studies in flower parts & seed dispersal
  • Students plant bulbs in fall, then observe spring bloom
  • Stepping stone path for easy student access

Download Garden To Greet Spring DESIGN
Download Garden To Greet Spring PLANT LIST
Download Garden to Greet Spring BULB LIST

PLAN Before You Plant
Successful, sustainable school projects start by involving the school community in planning.

Share the Dream
Form a team of staff and parents to gather ideas, discuss possibilities and prioritize needs and goals.  How will the area be used to support curriculum?  How will you involve students to get information and make choices?

Survey the Site
Check with maintenance staff and others about its existing uses. Measure it.  Note growing conditions (light, soil, access to water).

Create a Design &Action Plan
Select features and create a design.  Develop a timetable to implement it.  It's great to start small and build on success over time.  Plan for ways students can use and add to the area in subsequent years.

Involve the Community
A plan with broad support, that many people have helped shape, is critical for long-term success.  Vandalism is less likely.  Enthusiasm for using it will grow, as well as support for its upkeep.