Challenge 3: Miami, My Garden

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: The big idea behind Miami, My Garden is simple: Imagine our entire metro area as one giant garden. Imagine neighborhoods that are greener, more resilient, and more livable. Imagine everyone in our community helping to create this giant garden and tell its story. At Fairchild, we are just getting started with this idea, beginning to identify and label some of the special plants that are already growing in our communities. In public places throughout South Florida, we have begun installing smartphone-readable QR codes that link to information about the plants. Now we need your help telling the story of Miami’s special plants. Choose one of the plants from the list below, and research its important characteristics and cultural significance. Create a short video sharing those stories in your voice and language. Winning entries will be added to Fairchild’s website and linked to QR code labels installed in public landscapes throughout our metro area. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, December 5, 2022 to Sunday, December 11, 2022

Electronically submit the following:

Uploaded PDF file to entry form:

  • Bibliography
✓  Entry Requirements:
 Video credits include school name, “Challenge 3” and “2022-2023”
 A maximum of five students must take an active role in the video. Their names and roles should be listed in opening or closing credits
 Video features a plant or tree from the approved list
 Video highlights important characteristics and cultural significance of chosen plant/tree
 Video is 3 minutes or less and uploaded on YouTube and Video URL to entry form
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

For more information, visit our Student Workshop page. Registration Request Form – Now Closed.

The virtual session dates are: 

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 3 Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 3 Benchmarks

Miami, My Garden Plant List
Post-production software and tips (PDF) by Odyssey Earth

University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gardening Solutions: Trees
University of Florida Environmental Horticulture: 680 Tree Facts
The Institute for Regional Conservation: Natives for your Neighborhood
Teach Ethnobotany (YouTube channel) 
APA and MLA Citation Generator

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

The Miami, My Garden Challenge is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.