Spring 2016 Contest

Show us your students’ creativity by re-purposing milk and juice cartons from your school cafeteria to either build or enhance your school garden. Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living. The best use of cartons in a school garden gives your school the chance to win one of 14 prizes with a grand prize valued at $5,000.

We can’t wait to see your students’ creations—carton planters, garden art, scarecrows, window boxes, irrigation systems… The more creative, the better!

Be one of the first 100 schools to submit your entry and receive a $30 gift card to the Gardener’s Supply!

Important dates:
  • Beginning of School > Start collecting your cartons
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 > Entries due
  • Friday, May 13, 2016 > Winners announced


Get started on the right foot. Assign a classroom, teacher, or student team to be in charge of the project and start gathering cartons (suggestions: an art class, a home room, etc.). Have students draw up sketches of their ideas, then vote as a group on which one to make. Collect at least 100 cartons to use in your garden creation. Then gather materials, assign tasks, make it, nurture it and enjoy a growing learning experience together!

To help you get ready to submit your entry, Entry Form Checklist lets you know what questions you should be prepared to answer on the entry form. You can submit up to 10 photos of your creation. To be eligible for the grand prize or a specialty prize, in addition to the entry form and photographs, submissions must also include a video link to represent their project.

Fourteen (14) schools with the most unique carton creations will be selected on May 13, 2016 to win award packages. One school will win the grand prize, valued at $5,000. Three (3) schools will win Specialty prizes (STEM, Sustainability, and Community Involvement), valued at $2,500. Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000.

  • Request an entry kit HERE.
  • Click HERE to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Read the official Contest Rules HERE.
  • Find classroom activities to complement your project HERE.
  • Get inspiration from past winners HERE.