The Teaching Gardens of Saint Michael's College is an active outdoor learning laboratory that consists of an arboretum, a children's literature garden " Books in Bloom," The Native Plants of Vermont Garden, the International Garden, and the Word Garden. Founded in 2004, these gardens have grown through collaborative work between the departments of Education, Biology, and Applied Linguistics. The gardens reflect interdisciplinary exploration and as a result expand the traditional concept of a garden.
In addition to serving our college community, these gardens are a destination in Chittenden County for visitors who want to learn about plants, their role in children's literature and our environment, or just want to picnic in an aesthetically pleasing corner of our campus.
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Check out our stunning new little library, donated to the Teaching Gardens by Durick Library and dedicated to Father Mike Cronogue. English Professor Maura D’Amore’s garden themed painting will boost our spirits through winter.
Read a conversation between garden co-founders Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz here
The Word Garden is featured in the American Public Gardens Association journal, Public Gardens. Click here to see Professor Bang-Jensen’s article