All of the K-4 students met in the Garibaldi Garden to set the butterflies free! As each butterfly flew out the top of the “zoo”, they were greeted with cheers. Very cool! Thanks so much to Jana, Maya and Julian’s mom, for her help with this special project!


Grade four students have been busy sharing their expertise about the garden with younger students in the school. We are ready to give tours to parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours, and visitors to the school.

Arianna’s Mom donated bulbs to Garibaldi School. We were suppose to plant them before the first frost. We didn’t get them in the ground on time. We planted them in our class garden and the fence by the parking lot. We are hoping they grow. We know they might not. grow. We saw LOTS of worms. They are very healthy and some are HUGE. We also saw centipedes and things we call “rolly pollies”. Please don’t pull out the bulbs. There are still some bulbs left if someone else want to plant more.
by Jesse, Annie, Cris and Natalie

Thanks to the parents and students working hard in the garden this weekend.  The raspberry bushes have been trimmed right back and we have three small paths that were created by young students willing to take on the thorny branches to reach the best berries!  Amazingly enough, we still have berries!  I’m thinking this might be a great use of the paving stones made by previous students.  It would be great to have a permanent path.

The last of the tiny carrots have been harvested.  Much of the other foliage has been composted.  For the most part, our giant worm population has free reign of the gardens.  Yes, I mean giant in terms of size and quantity!

Keira suggested a leaf drive to put over the beds for winter.  If anyone has extra rakes, we could use them.  We’re just waiting for the leaves to fall in the neighbourhood.  They are taking their time this year!  Kris has a theory that there just hasn’t been enough wind.  The garden provides so many good opportunities to ask good questions and go after finding the answers.  We’ll look forward to your answer, Kris!

Some photos from our highly successful garden party this weekend! We BBQ’d hot dogs, learned about worms and bugs, dug out some of the edible plants and put them in the stone soup garden. We had some new donations (tomatoes) and moved around the raspberries and planted a bunch of radishes.

Wewould like to do another day like this in june, probably the third weekend in June.
cheers, Anne-marie


This event is organized by the parents of Garibaldi School. 

Greetings! We are planning to BBQ some food at the Garabaldi Garden from 11-2 on Saturday (if its not pouring rain). We will be planting some veggie seeds and if you have perennials that you have divided or plants or seeds to give away, please feel free to drop them by, we are officially accepting “volunteer” plants. 

Please come by for a hot dog and a potluck lunch. Bring you own utensils, plates and beverages.

see you there!

You are warmly invited to join with the parents of Garibaldi school to a free talk:

Growing Together in in the School Garden
with Arzeena Hamir

Come to learn more about the role of school gardens in growing a just and sustainable food system for all. Hear about the joys of playing and learning with children in the garden. Gather with neighbours who want to share food and garden traditions together.

When: Tuesday, March 15th from 7:15- 8:00pm.
Where: Upstairs in the library at Garibaldi School
Garibaldi School is located at 1025 Slocan St. map
Child-minding: Limited childminding is available for Garibaldi students. We’re sorry we cannot provide child-minding for the wider community but grown-ups and older children interested in the talk are warmly welcomed.

Learning from the Garden is part of the 21st Century Learning talks. The 21st Century Learning Parent Education series is being co-sponsored by Garibaldi School and The Canucks Family Education Center.

About Arzeena:

Arzeena Hamir is an agrologist and works as the Coordinator for the Richmond Food Security Society, a non-profit group that promotes local food production and consumption. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and her Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England. Arzeena worked abroad for many years as a CUSO volunteer in Thailand and as a researcher in Jamaica, India, and Bangladesh.

Arzeena also sits on the Board of the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, the Richmond Schoolyard Society, and the BC Food Systems Network. In conjunctions with Kwantlen University, Arzeena helped to launch the Richmond Farm School. In her spare time, she helps run a gardening program at her daughter’s school, Howard Debeck Elementary in Richmond, BC.