Garden Projects

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.20.22 AM Showcasing gardens using simple and sustainable systems that work for families and schools is the focus of a project we began in the spring of 2010. With the support of a Frontenac CFDC Local Initiatives Project grant, we created a series of gardens and we’ve been hosting school visits ever since. Our gardens include a Wartime Victory Garden, full of vegetables that are easy to grow and do not require a large amount of space. Another traditional garden is the Three Sisters Garden of the Six Nations. It features corn, beans, and squash.

gardensKingston’s Earthworx provided the soil and stones for the Wintergreen gardens. Two elementary schools in Kingston and the Frontenacs desig ned and enhanced their gardens in the spring of 2011, and Earthworx donated soil and mulch to the participating schools.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.21.34 AMIn addition to traditional composting, we also use the infamous “Green Cone.” Invented in Ontario, the Green Cone was designed to be an efficient and natural rural solution to food-waste management without worry of animal interference. Wintergreen uses the Green Cone, manufactured in Ontario mostly out of recycled plastics, to manage all its cooked food waste, including meat and bones. The Green Cone is a food-waste digester and uses heat from the sun to create the perfect digestion or decomposition micro-climate.  Wintergreen works with Compostec Ontario, which donated the Green Cone, to share the benefits of on-site food waste management with schools and visitors. The Green Cone has been used for 20 years all over the world and is particularly suited for backyards and schools. Read more about the very successful school Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.20.57 AMprogram that has been operating in Vermont (download the Schools and the Green Cone pdf for more information). Contact Compostec Ontario for info on the Green Cone in Canada.

If you’d like to learn more about our three demonstration gardens, click on the resources below:

Three Sisters Gardens

Victory Gardens

Spaghetti Gardens

gardensScott Hughes, Anna Peterson, and Rena Upitis attended the Learning Grounds Forum: All Hands in the Dirt event at Evergreen Brick Works on November 12 and 13, 2010, where they presented the Wintergreen School Gardens Project and received enthusiastic support from the teachers, administrators, landscape architects, garden designers, and environmental educators present at the conference. A conference highlight was the keynote address by Sue Humphries, Headteacher and garden visionary at the Coombes School in southern England from 1965-2002. Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.20.44 AMListening to Sue’s address has inspired us to add a labyrinth at Wintergreen. Next spring?