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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Fall 2017

Did you know that our poppies represent The Wizard of Oz? New signage in the Books in Bloom Garden invites visitors to learn which books feature which flowers. Students in Professor Bang-Jensen’s Children’s Literature course created signage in the Maker Space including book titles and QR codes that connect visitors to book reviews of each book. Come try them out!

Summer 2017

Everything is in bloom!
Come picnic, smell the flowers, and leave words of wisdom in the Word Garden!

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Valerie Bang-Jensen, Dept. of Education
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