Question: I want to do a theme garden for Grades 6-12. How do I do it?
Answer: In these grades of specialized subject matter, choose your garden theme by your subject. Gardens can be done in conjunction with another class that may or may not be in the same discipline. For example, a pairing might involve one class using the garden as a growing site for culinary use and another using it as a place to inspire creative writing, art, or insect or floral study. At the middle school level, the team may use a garden for various aspects of the curriculum and extend it into a social responsibility unit as a project that teaches the importance of taking care of your physical space for the benefit of yourself and others. A successful example of a high school garden inter-department partnership is an English teacher who wanted a Shakespeare garden pairing with a science teacher who sponsored the ecology club. The ecology club did the annual plantings and some garden maintenance and the English classes did the annual research on the plants of Shakespeare, learning about them in the garden and making plant labels with appropriate quotes.