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    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.

    Mrs. Carlson took over the program 8 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.


    Ballard Teacher India Carlson tells us they’ll be selling sustainably grown vegetable starts and annual flowers, with all proceeds go 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.    Update!  The Annual Plant Sale raised over double what was raised last year!

    February 2017

    Ballard will be competing at the NW Flower and Garden Show | Garden Wars against Nathan Hale High School on February 25th. We will be taking a team of 3 students to design and build a garden at the show. The show starts on February 22 and runs through the 26th. This will be the first time that high school programs compete in Garden Wars.

    February 2016

    The Greenhouse is growing 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 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.

    NW Flower and Garden Show 2013

    Ballard will be at the NW Flower and Garden show staring February 20th-24th 2013. Our grade theme is based on Jurassic Park and is titled Greenasaurus Rex.


    Ballard students won again in the "most creative design" category in the Funky Junk competition at the W flower and Garden Show 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.

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    Climate Garden

    • Climate Garden Links

    Project Bud Burst

    Reporting Site for Phenology