School Gardens

Our School Garden Stories

Dexter Community Schools is a district of six schools ranging from grades K-12.  Within the district there are currently 3 edible school gardens, and one flower garden.  Each school garden has a unique history and purpose, but all have enormous potential for enriching learning. Learn more about each school garden below, and go to our Garden Boosters page to find out how you can help these garden meet their potential.

Flower Gardens – Cornerstone Elementary School

Find out more about the group of parents and community members supporting the landscaping and flower gardens at Cornerstone and connect with them in their Facebook group.

The Bates Reading Garden – Bates Elementary School

The Bates PTO helps fund this edible, raised bed garden, which also has lovely pavilion structures for outdoor reading spaces. Teachers at Bates plant seeds, harvest crops, and conduct hands-on lessons with the School Garden Coordinator in this garden.

The Bates Rain Garden- Bates Elementary School

The Bates Rain Garden is the newest addition to DCS.  It was established in the spring of 2017 to improve an area of the Bates playground that was typically flooded and unusable by students. With the assistance of the Washtenaw County Water Resources Program and committed Bates’ teachers, students were able to take part in the design, planting, and maintenance of the rain garden while enjoying more of their playground!

Garden, Kitchen, and FLEX Program – Creekside Intermediate School

This garden program has strong support from several teachers at Creekside, engagement from the school principal and community members, and has been growing steadily since its inception. Find out more about the garden’s history here, and search this blog’s Creekside Garden tags to see what’s been going since 2013.

The Sullivan Memorial Learning Garden – Creekside Intermediate School

The SML Garden was re-located in the spring of 2016 from DHS to Creekside Intermediate School.  After receiving a Hero’s Grant from Lowe’s, cement block raised beds were constructed with the help of over 30 community volunteers.  There is now over 1200 feet of growing space and room for a hoop house and a pop-up farmer’s market.

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