Established in 1980, the LPS Greenhouse and the Exploratory Horticulture Program offers students an innovative hands-on approach to learning valuable life, work and problem-solving skills. Through the program students are exposed to a diverse horticulture curriculum, which explores the art, science, care, business and cultural value of plants. The result is a unique educational context in which students use skills learned to become independent thinkers and gain confidence to move forward in all aspects of their life.
One of the unique qualities of the Exploratory Horticulture Program is its ability to create a cross-curriculum hands-on perspective through teachable moments. We recognize that students have different learning styles and our objective is to expose students to different learning perspectives. We achieve this through experiential learning opportunities, working closely with other school departments and by integrating school-wide learning strategies.
In our organic working greenhouse, students learn work, life and entrepreneurial skills. They propagate and care for annual and perennial plants, develop products, run an integrated pest management program (beneficial bugs), maintain the greenhouse and develop customer service skills as they sell plants to the surrounding community.
Through our landscape program students maintain and enhance the grounds of the school through mulching, making seasonal planters and developing gardens. In this work the students learn the art, science and business of this vocation through an understanding of plants, soil, design and basic business functions. Students also learn about community and what it means to have a clean and healthy environment in which everyone can learn and work.
Garden to Table
Students propagate, grow and learn how vegetables are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Students then harvest the vegetables from our raised planter beds and bring them to our Culinary Services Program where they learn to prepare and use them in recipes for the school lunch program. In our first year (2014) students harvested 475 lbs. of vegetables which went directly into school lunches.
CULINARY SERVICES PROGRAM
Students in the LPS Culinary Services classes participate directly in the school's lunch program. This includes food preparation, serving and clean up on a daily basis. Many students are engaging in activities for the first time, such as cracking eggs for a particular recipe or helping make lasagna or sandwiches. This elective not only offers them a glimpse of working in a commercial kitchen, but teaches them practical skills that will last a lifetime.
This program teaches students the art of uniting nutritional sciences with cooking solutions for practical menu planning that promotes optimal health and well-being. This course offers students life skills in planning, preparing and cooking foods and meals that support healthy minds and bodies through nutrition and healthy eating.
To complement our approach to food, we are delighted to partner with the horticulture department and incorporate produce grown on campus by students into school lunches. We have been able to offer salads with fresh grown and roasted beets, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and many more veggies. Last year our organic garden produced twenty-four different vegetables and herbs, including Kale, chard and squash which made their way into calzones, onto pizza, into pasta, and into sauces and dressings with garden-grown herbs. Words can hardly describe the excitement this brings to our community.
Please contact the kitchen with any questions you might have about our program.
Food Service Director
Food Services Director
Visit our Greenhouse Open to the public!
Monday - Friday (all school year)
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday (April 29 - June 3)
9:00 AM - 12:30
*CLOSED April 14 - April 21 and May 29
Don't miss our
2017 Annual Spring Plant Sale
March 27 - June 9
Annual Plant Sales:
Our annual plant sales help us connect to and educate the larger community. All proceeds support the LPS Exploratory Horticulture Program.
Spring Plant Sale:
Fall Plant Sale:
Holiday Plant Sale:
We are passionate about the educational and horticultural work we do and are always excited to share it with the community. Contact us, visit the LPS Greenhouse and Nursery, buy a plant or just enjoy the environment our students have created.
Learning Prep School Horticulturalist