Greek philosopher Plato once said “the most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things”. Our school garden program provides students not only with the opportunity to acquire basic horticultural skills and knowledge but also “hands on” and fun activities such as growing plants and exploring the natural world – the “lovely things” that they have helped create. Topics we cover include identifying vegetables, herbs and fruit, natural pest control, safe and appropriate tool use, propagating techniques, composting and soil improvement. Outside tasks may involve digging, planting, weeding, pruning and making new garden beds while classroom sessions include the processes and links between what we grow and what we eat. Importantly, school garden programs embrace curriculum subjects including literacy, numeracy, science, art, crafts and society and environment.