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Celebrating the Art in Earth

Gardens for Humanity offers an art enrichment program we call “Celebrating the Art in Earth” to six schools in Sedona and the Verde Valley. This program provides much needed art and environmental education, which supports academic standards in a way that is engaging to students. Meet our 2019-20 Teaching Artists >> This program is central [read more]


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About Gardens for Humanity

Board Members Wanted Gardens for Humanity is looking for new board members to help guide our programs into the future. We are seeking people who share our goals and have diverse interests, backgrounds, skills, and talents. We meet on the third Friday of each month at 3:00. If you are interested in joining us, please [read more]


Cottonwood Head Start Garden

The Cottonwood Head Start school garden serves 100+ children ages 3-5 years old and their families.  It is a place to learn about growing plants, about healthy nutrition, and about caring for the environment. At the same time children gain valuable knowledge about science, mathematics, and develop their language and artistic skills. In addition, this [read more]


West Sedona School Garden

Transforming the challenging terrain of the high desert into a rich and productive garden will serve school and community by providing a place to learn about small-scale food production, environmental stewardship, building soil and conservation of water. In addition, teachers are developing lessons in all grades and subject areas that can be taught in the [read more]


Desert Star School Garden

Desert Star, which uses the Waldorf approach, is located on three acres in Cornville, Arizona where children feel connected with the natural cycles of life and there is ample space for play and work in their organic garden. The garden is an integral part of their education that emphasizes “head, heart and hands” and provides children a place [read more]


Big Park Butterfly Garden

The “Butterfly Garden” was a project by several artists who created butterfly stepping stones and planted flowering shrubs, wildflowers and herbs that would attract butterflies and other pollinators. It is now used as a place to learn about gardening, the environment and additional art activities. The middle school at Big Park is engaged with re-vitalizing a neglected [read more]


Greening Harmony

Building Community Through Building Gardens Greening Harmony is a grass roots neighborhood organization that started in the Harmony area of West Sedona in 2012. With the support of Gardens for Humanity and funding through the Sedona Community Foundation and the Verde Valley Medical Center we’ve been actively working together to build community through building gardens. [read more]


Community Education

The aim of our community education classes, events and volunteer opportunities is to come together as an extended “neighborhood” with expert teachers in our community to gain new knowledge and skills. Participants will acquire the knowledge and tools to live healthier and more sustainable lives and meet teachers and like-minded people in our community. Our [read more]


Sedona Winds Assisted Living Accessible Healing Garden

The Sedona Winds Assisted Living accessible garden is a game-changer for gardening and a healing garden for the elderly and disabled. It was initiated by a group of residents led by Ed Naylor.  When Ed, a former Lutheran pastor, moved to the Winds in 2013, he quickly set about finding a way to get involved [read more]


St. John Vianney

The community garden at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona was begun as a small “Three Sisters Garden” in 2009. Gardens for Humanity met with a group of parishioners at the end of summer with the goal of starting the garden project on Sedona “Mitzvah (Good Deed) Day, “ an afternoon of community service [read more]


Peace Garden

The Peace Garden, dedicated to the 17th Karmapa, is a healing sanctuary and botanical garden located in the heart of Sedona at the Creative Life Center. It is a garden that unites native plants, healing herbs, fruit trees and specimens from many parts of the world. There are pathways through the garden and shady sheltered [read more]


A Garden Curriculum

The Earth Is Our Teacher “We believe that the natural world — the marvelous interwoven communities of plants, animals and other creatures formed through the agencies of Fire, Water, Air and Earth — is truly our first Teacher, our first Classroom and Curriculum. “We believe that academic, social and moral lessons appropriate to every age [read more]


The Life of a Tree

The Life of a Tree: An exploration through Stories, Music, Collages at Sedona and the Verde Valley Schools. Teacher: Nancy Robb Dunst. Music by Joe Wise. A class in the Gardens for Humanity Program “Celebrating the Art in Earth.”


The Color Wheel and the Colors We Eat

Learning about vegetables and fruits through observation and art. A program sponsored by Gardens for Humanity and taught by Sedona area artists to increase students’s awareness of the foods they eat. The Color Wheel Class, taught by Sedona Artist Sharron Porter, is one of the classes in the Program, “Celebrating the Art in Earth.”


Earth Cups

This is a slideshow of Sedona’s first annual Earth Cups fundraising event in 2011 to benefit Gardens for Humanity elementary school program, “Celebrating the Art in Earth.”


Making a Garden

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events of their lives.” ~ Adele Seronde How do we go about making a garden? Gardens come in many shapes and forms depending on site and climate, which determine what kind of earth there is for planting and how much water [read more]


Sun Catchers

Lessons in observing the parts of Flowers by making Sun Catchers in Sedona and the Verde Valley schools. Teacher: Maleita Wise. A class in the Gardens for Humanity Program “Celebrating the Art in Earth.”    


Spring Planting Festivals

  Spring Planting Festival 2013 Spring Planting Festival 2012 Spring Planting Festival 2011    


The Spirit of Our Legacy

GUIDING PRINCIPLES The Earth is our responsibility — our Sacred Garden. The Earth is our teacher. We realize that a garden is a microcosm of the whole Earth. When we create a garden, we become a Community of Caring. When we create a garden, we become a Learning Center. We believe that the natural world [read more]


2010 Idea Tour