Challenge 6: Miami, My Garden

For Groups — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry, 2 entries per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: South Florida’s unique climate offers an extraordinary opportunity for us to reimagine Miami as a city within a garden. By harnessing the perpetual summer and long growing season, we can leverage plants as valuable tools to enhance Miami’s resilience, livability, and innovation. Fairchild is working to do just that by creating, “City in a Garden Community Standards,” which provides government and business guidance on transforming urban spaces into beautiful green environments. Using this plan, identify ways transform your school or community by implementing the iconic design standard. How would you reimagine your school’s design to put plants in the forefront? Draw what you imagine this design would look like at your school. In an essay, explain how your design could be implemented, and justify your reason for making that change.

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Monday, March 18, 2024 to Sunday, March 24, 2024

Electronically submit the following:

  • Challenge 6 Entry Form

Uploaded PDF file to entry form includes:

  • 2-3 page essay and drawing in the form of a PDF uploaded as one document to the entry form. 
✓  Entry Requirements:
 A pdf uploaded as one document to the entry form.
 Drawings must be original, hand-rendered artwork by students in colored pencil, crayon, pens, markers only; no computer-generated designs.
 Essay must be 2-3 pages, double spaced in 12-point Sans Serif font describing how and why this standard should be implemented at school or in the community, and why. 
 On-time entry submission. Late entries will be accepted with a reduction in points.


For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 6 Rubric.

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 6 Lesson Planning Guides.


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The Challenge: School Garden – Growing Up! is made possible by the generous support between the United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association’s Urban Agriculture Resilience Program.