Ballard HS Greenhouse Program
Ms. India Carlson took over the program over 16 years ago. The greenhouse program serves over 160 students per year. Current projects include a climate garden, a weather station, a pollinator pathway garden, a carnivorous plant bog, fruit trees and space for growing garden veggies. Future projects are working with the Seattle Farmer’s Market Association to develop education on farming and a worm bin project. Students maintain the garden during the school year and in the summer.
View our weather station conditions for current temperature, wind, humidity, rain and barometer readings!
Annual Ballard HS Greenhouse Sale
The Ballard High School Greenhouse Sale!
- Friday, May 12 after school until 5:30 p.m
- Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sale will be in the Ballard HS Greenhouse on 15 Ave NW.
We have indoor and outdoor plants, veggie starts, and plant crafts. We take cash and checks and all sales benefit the Ballard HS greenhouse program.
Ballard High School teacher receives national recognition!
May 2022: “The Garden Club of America has selected BHS teacher India Carlson for the prestigious Hull Award, given to outstanding teachers who further the early environmental education of children”.
The Ballard High School Greenhouse was built with donations from the Ballard High School foundation and was originally 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. India Carlson took over the program over 16 years ago. The greenhouse program serves over 160 students per year and continues to grow. 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.
Seattle Times Article, Ms. Carlson Jan 2021
Washington science teachers get creative during pandemic learning – Home Hydroponics
“Every two weeks or so, Carlson, a botany and environmental horticulture teacher at Ballard High School, dons a mask and gloves, carts out trays of plants to the back of the school and awaits her students.
She hands out colorful coleus, catnip, geraniums and succulents. The teens arrive one by one, have quick chats with the teacher they mostly see over video lessons, and depart with new flora to care for at home. On a few occasions, she’s dropped off plants at her students’ homes. This is science class during the pandemic: teachers turning typically hands-on lessons on their head, and finding lively ways to engage students learning remotely.”