Sageville Elementary

Sageville Elementary started their school garden in the spring of 2015 after completing School Garden 101 at Dubuque County Extension. Building a strong team of motivated and dedicated faculty and staff, Sageville Elementary set out with a vision board and a plan to implement a school garden that would provide an outdoor classroom space, a vegetable garden, and an enrichment zone for the students to play music, explore nature, and play among the flowers.

Garden Layout: 

Re-purposed water troughs, painted by Sageville art students, is filled with soil for vegetables and flowers.

Trough gardens

With the help of Dubuque County Master Gardeners, Sageville installed 3 raised trough beds, donated by farmers. Kids filled them with soil and planted their first round of vegetables for the season. Later, a load of mulch was delivered and spread, setting the stage for the future enrichment zone.

Compost bins and outdoor classroom

In 2015, Dubuque County Master Gardeners constructed a three-bin composting system and an outdoor classroom space. The bins were constructed using recycled cinder blocks and lumber.11988539_799592546829097_5009484606013311848_n

Their outdoor classroom includes natural log seating, sanded and sealed to provide an outdoor seating arrangement conducive to learning outdoors.11951247_799592563495762_2911613846532706112_n.jpg

Raised Garden Beds

In 2016, Dubuque County Master Gardeners constructed raised vegetable beds which students planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, kale, cucumbers, squash, and other garden vegetables in. IMG_4710

Future Projects: 

Rain collection system, storage shed, outdoor sink, outdoor musical instruments and enrichment pieces, and fruit trees.

For more pictures and updates, visit our Dubuque School Gardens facebook page!

Sageville School Garden is still in the process of acquiring materials and resources to accomplish their projects and visions for their garden. If you are interested in helping them fulfill their goals, want to get involved, or have questions, please complete the contact form below.


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