Skip To ContentSkip To Content

    Welcome to the Greenhouse

    Two people planting a tree

    The greenhouse was built with donations from the BHS foundation and was spearheaded by Ballard teacher Toni Bukowski. The greenhouse is now named after Mrs. B to honor her dedication to sustainability and making connections to the greater community by teaching students about plants.

    Ms. Carlson took over the program over 10 years ago. Current projects include a climate garden to monitor weather and its effect on plants, pollination studies, growing plants for use in the food science class, and studying native plants. The greenhouse program serves over 130 students per year and continues to grow.


    May 2019

    Ballard Teacher India Carlson tells us they sold sustainably grown vegetable starts and annual flowers, with all proceeds that went straight to the Botany and Horticulture program at Ballard High School! The Greenhouse is located in NW203 and on 15th Ave NW, just next to the high school. The Annual Plant Sale raised over double what was raised last year!

    Feb 2017

    Ballard competed at the NW Flower and Garden Show | Garden Wars against Nathan Hale High School in February 2017. We took a team of 3 students to design and build a garden at the show. This was the first time that high school programs compete in Garden Wars.

    Feb 2016

    The Greenhouse grows  vegetable and flower starts for the spring plant sale to take place in May. Students can volunteer after-school in the greenhouse and the garden for community Service Hours. We are always looking for way to connect out work to the community so if you have any ideas please contact BHS Teacher India Carlson at

    Sept 2014
    NW Flower and Garden Show Results

    Congratulations to the BHS garden team. They won the most creative design award in the student category at the 2014 NW Flower and Garden show for the urban chic them of Paris rooftop artist's garden.

    Feb 2013
    NW Flower and Garden Show

    Ballard was at the NW Flower and Garden show  February 2013. The grade theme was based on Jurassic Park and was titled Greenasaurus Rex.

    Image of mushroom garden from the flower show

    Ballard students won again in the "most creative design" category in the Funky Junk competition at the W flower and Garden Show Feb 2013. This makes 3 years running that Ballard students have won an award at the show. This year's statistics are:

    6 devoted students
    150 service learning hours
    23 consecutive days of work after school and on the weekend
    90$ in spray paint
    50$ in goodwill items
    About 60 plant Donations from Limback lumber, Miller Paint, the ReStore, Swanson’s and the loaning of Mr. Bones from Ms. Vogel’s

    Please refer to the BHS Course Catalog pdf icon for more detailed information for each course offered at Ballard High School.

    Ballard HS Garden Weather Station

    View Current Weather Conditions

    image example of the ballard high botany weather conditions use the hyperlink to go to site

    Climate Garden

    • Climate Garden Link to be posted soon!

    Project Bud Burst

    Reporting Site for Phenology More details to follow.