Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Education, Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Peter Troy White


School gardening has a longstanding history in American education, dating as far back as the mid-1800s. Despite fluctuations in popularity throughout the twentieth century, school gardens have grown into an established method for hands-on teaching. This paper builds upon a historical framework of school gardening in American public education with particular focus on the connections between school gardens and agricultural education. This study offers a descriptive portrait of contemporary K-12 school gardens in South Dakota. Schools across the state were surveyed about their gardens to gain a better understanding of garden-based teaching in practice both in general education and agricultural education.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

School gardens -- South Dakota.
School gardens -- United States.
Agricultural education.
Gardening -- Study and teaching.

Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



Rights Statement

In Copyright