Bonnie Plants donates $1.2M to Auburn University’s new Children’s Garden

Auburn'S Transformation Garden
The future Transformation Garden location. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

The Bonnie Plants Foundation is supporting Auburn University through a $1.2M donation toward a two-acre Children’s Garden within the exciting new Transformation Garden project. Here’s all you need to grow…

The Bonnie Plants Foundation

Bonnie Plants
At Bonnie Plants, roots run deep. Photo via Bonnie Plants Facebook

Bonnie Plants provides quality vegetable and herb plants from large chains as well as independent garden centers. The Bonnie Plants foundation is a non-profit dedicated to education on garden and green spaces. The foundation supports community growth through the power of plants by partnering with all types of organizations. Through their partnership with Auburn University, they hope to promote children’s gardening and instill a passion at a young age.

“The Bonnie Plants Foundation is proud to partner with Auburn University to establish the Children’s Garden and Pollinator Garden, which will be a destination for students and the community alike.”

––Mike Sutterer, President and CEO of Bonnie Plants

The Children’s Garden

Auburn Children'S Garden
Teaching and demonstration gardens in the works. Photo via Maggie Dazzio for The Bama Buzz

The Children’s Garden will be a two-acre plot within the Transformation Garden. The development features hands-on learning geared toward teaching children how to grow and care for plants. Other teaching opportunities include the importance of water, nutrition, plant health and insects. The space will be used to educate the community on love of horticulture and outdoor learning.

What this means for the University

Auburn University
The Red Barn at Auburn University. Photo via College of Agriculture at Auburn University Facebook

Not only will the Transformation Garden cultivate community education, but also fuel vital research and provide local food sources. Bonnie Plants’ contribution provides opportunities for field trips, summer programs and tours for children. The garden will be Auburn’s largest classroom on campus for teaching and research.

The project is scheduled to take off later this year, with the first phase expected to be complete by summer 2023. Learn more about how you can support the Transformation Garden here.

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