Gothic Arch Greenhouses has long been an advocate of horticultural education and, more importantly, making greenhouses for schools accessible for elementary grades all the way up to sophisticated college-level research projects.
One of the first steps to adding a garden or a greenhouse to support your curriculum is to define how you will use it, what you will need and even the roles of teachers and students.
But to assist educators and administrators in that process, we have created greenhouse levels based on the number of students enrolled. Each “level” breaks down the equipment sizes and supplies needed to support each size group, from 10 to 25 students up to 100-plus.
Within each list, the equipment and supplies are further broken down in phases. For example, each one begins with horticultural basics, an introduction to plant germination, propagation, transplanting and potting soil mixes.
As the students grow in their grasp of horticulture, so can the greenhouse program. Additional phases can incorporate ornamentals and forestry, field irrigation, and garden center management, greenskeeping, landscaping and more.
Even at the most basic level, hands-on horticulture education can open up a new world of opportunities for students of any age. Perhaps a student may be inspired to start his or her own garden at home to pursuing an exciting career in research that may influence the very food we eat!
The impact of gardening—and horticulture education—is all around us. For decades, Gothic Arch Greenhouses has been a supportive partner of greenhouses in schools, and that’s why we’ve done the groundwork to help make getting started easier for teachers.
We’re available to assist with your questions and address your concerns. Call us today at 1-800-531-4769 and one of our friendly representatives will be happy to help you!