Walk-By Learning Gardens
A Walk-By Learning Garden is a demonstration garden for your community that teaches about a topic of interest. By using the learning package provided, you can:
- Grow your community's enthusiasm for gardening
- Show simple, nutritious, productive crops
- Offer easy ideas for first-time gardeners
- Entice veteran gardeners with something different
The Walk-By Learning Garden package includes instructions and tips for getting your garden growing, interpretive signage templates that can be used to create signs or banners, and resource links to find more information.
2014 Walk-By Learning Garden Package: Smart Snack Garden.
Walk-By Learning Garden recipe for success
- Team up!
Gather a team of Master Gardeners willing to plant and maintain it. What type of garden fits best? Options abound: An in-ground plot, raised beds, grow-bags, barrels and more.
- Location, location, location!
Choose a high visibility spot with reasonable soil, plenty of sun, water access AND lots of foot traffic. Think about where people gather (e.g. school, courthouse, library, park, county fairground).
Get your supplies together. Plant & tend the garden. Install the signs. Your Walk-By Learning Garden will be on-the-job all season long. Help it shine.
- Use it!
Do demonstrations there. Talk it up. Blog about it. Help others start one like it.
Questions or comments? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Food safety in sampling food in the garden
- Plot style community gardening (2.8 MB PPT)
- Handout – Plot style community gardening (67 KB DOC)
- Community garden plot design
- Home composting (2.6 MB PPT)
- Vermiculture: promote global worming! (2.3 MB PPT)
- Promote global worming! (1.92 MB DOC)
- Houseplants (7.9 MB PPT)
- Lazy Landscaping (10.3 MB PPT)
- Top 10 tips for sustainable home landscaping (39.8 MB PPT)
- Winter interest in the landscape (15.6 MB PPT)
- Landscaping for small spaces (8.9 MB PPT)
- Handout – Landscaping for small spaces (2.7 MB DOC)
- Container gardening (6.1 MB PPT)
- Jardineria en macetas / Container gardening (8.9 MB PPT) – in English and Spanish
- Native prairie wildflowers (38.2 MB PPT)
- Native woodland wildflowers (76.4 MB PPT)
- Driftwatch: Pesticide drift and organic production (182 K PDF)
- Minimizing GMO contamination (8,347 K PDF)
- MN guide to organic certification (720 K PDF)
- Organic certification for vegetable operations (1,488 K PDF)
- Organic ecology (3,545 K PDF)
- SWROC high tunnels year 2 (510 K PDF)
- What is organic food and why should I care? (2,532 K PDF)
- Why eat organic? (1,912 K PDF)
- The best plants for 30 tough sites (4.6 MB PPT)
- Butterfly gardening (4.0 MB PPT)
- Deer resistant plants (7.1 MB PPT)
- Ornamental grasses for Minnesota (22.7 MB PPT)
- Handout – Ornamental grasses for Minnesota (21 K DOCX)
- Perennials for the shade (30 MB PPT)
Safe & Healthy Gardening
- Heat wave tips for gardeners (239 K PDF)
- Dry soil (6.7 MB PPT)
Vegetables, fruit, and herbs
- Tomato problems handout (364 K PDF)
- Backyard success with apples (1.8 MB PPT)
- Growing berries in Minnesota (2.9 MB PPT)
- Growing herbs (4.8 MB PPT)
- Handout – Growing herbs (2.2 MB DOC)
- Small space vegetable gardening (15.1 MB PPT)
Water conservation and management
- Residential rain gardens (7332 K PPT)