Organic Gardening

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Around the world, gardeners, farmers and ranchers are working the land in a more sustainable way
producing and distributing food and fiber. Schools are also employing ways to create and sustain a more environmentally friendly area for their students. Discover how you can improve the quality of soil and variety of wildlife of your gardens without having to use harmful fertilizers or pesticides.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
Invoices are emailed out at the end of the month that the program happens. If you need it sooner, please let the provider know.
Payment: Cheque/ check, credit card or e-transfer


45 - 60 minutes for middle and secondary students

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod Post-secondary, Horticultural groups Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 35 students.

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Minimum of 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, excluding cancellations due to nature, i.e., school closed because of snow days.
No cancellation fee will be assessed if you reschedule within two months of the original program date.
If a program is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee ($60) will be charged.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Brainstorm what gardeners/farmers have to consider before planting
2. We then discuss what different components of organic gardening.
3. List the advantages/ disadvantages of organic gardening.
4. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- explore the components of organic gardening
- compare conventional and organic agriculture
- engage in a discussion about benefits of sustainable gardening
- develop an appreciation for organic gardening as an sustainable alternative

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.5-8.3 – Life Science
As a result of activities in Grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of:
a) Structure and function in living systems
b) Populations and Ecosystems
NS.5-8.6: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in Grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of:
a) Personal Health
b) Populations, Resources and Environments
NS.9-12.6: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:
As a result of activities in Grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of:
c) Natural Resources
d) Environmental Quality

State Standards

Ontario; Biology 12 W:
Gardening, Horticulture, Landscaping and Forestry
Overall Expectations:
Students will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the conditions required for plant growth, and of the techniques used in gardening.
Specific Expectations:
Students will:
- Describe different methods of gardening and how each controls conditions of growth (e.g., organic gardening)
- Describe the general conditions necessary for healthy plant growth
- Identify evidence of plant problems.