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Ballard High School teacher receives national recognition!

Teacher India Carlson with plants

“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”.  

Read more on MyBallard.com

Plants on a table

Thank You Our Greenhouse Sale was a Success

We sold indoor and outdoor plants, veggie starts, and plant crafts. All Sales benefited the BHS greenhouse program. Watch for us again next year!


Ms Carslon

Ballard Greenhouse

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 15 years ago. The greenhouse program serves over 130 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.

In addition, view our weather station conditions for current temperature, wind, humidity, rain and barometer readings!


Students planting

Seattle Times Article About 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.”

About every two weeks, India 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 gives plants to students like Kate Williamson, 17, right. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
India Carlson, right, who teaches botany and environmental horticulture, speaks with Ballard High School student Norah Bunnell, 17, during a curbside pickup event at the school Dec. 10. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
Ballard High School teacher India Carlson has cloned plants to give away to her students to help cultivate their interest in botany and environmental horticulture. “I look to hook people early on plants,” she says. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
India Carlson, who teaches botany and environmental horticulture at Ballard High School, gives plants to students during a curbside pickup event at the school Dec. 10. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
India Carlson, right, who teaches botany and environmental horticulture, speaks with Ballard High School student Norah Bunnell, 17, during a curbside pickup event at the school Dec. 10. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

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SPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month!

Lab Out Loud image of India Carlson

Our Ballard HS botany and environmental horticulture teacher, India Carlson, talked with Lab Out Loud, science for the classroom and beyond programming about teaching science with plants.

“Our guest this week is India Carlson, a botany and environmental horticulture teacher at Ballard High School in Seattle, Washington. In a typical year, India’s students spend a significant portion of time working in the school garden and greenhouse.

Faced with the unique challenges of learning science at home this year, India decided to clone a plant for every one of her students to use at home for learning, experimentation, and even finding joy. India joins us to talk about the logistics of sending plants home, the unexpected benefits of the program, and how this experience has prompted her students to appreciate more of the environment around them.”

Curbside Jan 2021

May 2019 Annual BHS Plant Sale was a Success!

BHS 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 HS! 

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 NW Flower and Garden Show

Ballard competed at the NW Flower and Garden Show | Garden Wars against Nathan Hale High School in Feb 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 Plant Sale

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 ikcarlson@seattleschools.org

Sept 2014 NW Flower and Garden Show

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

BHS students won again in the “most creative design” category in the Funky competition! The grade theme was based on Jurassic Park and was titled Greenasaurus Rex.

Plant display at show

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