Here at RBG Melbourne, we’re very pleased to be hosting the grand finale of the 34th annual Victorian Schools Garden Awards on Thursday 1 December. Proudly supported by the Department of Education, the awards ceremony will be hosted by superstar gardener Jane Edmanson. Jane will announce the state winners and present prizes to the winning schools on the day.
Over its 34-year history, the program has involved more than three million students. The Awards encourage school communities to utilise their gardens and grounds effectively. Judging focuses on the improvements school gardens make to the environment through the active involvement of students, teachers and the broader school community.
The Awards provide a great opportunity for students to explore fresh ideas in the face of climate change. In recent years, schools and regions affected by past drought, bushfire and flood have been encouraged to participate in the program, helping to expand traditional notions of what gardening can embrace or achieve.
Regional judging has taken place for 2011 and there are many happy regional award winners across Victoria, including Stawell Primary School. This school has been working hard over the last twelve months to develop their schools gardens and establish comprehensive recycling and composting systems.
We look forward to seeing all the finalists here at the Gardens on Thursday!