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University of Miami Student Garden Initiative
Every fresh flower purchase directly benefits the University of Miami's Student Garden in the John C. Gifford Arboretum. This Student Garden is a permanent garden space devoted for classroom use. According to Professor Terri Hood, the professors are hoping it will encourage students to create their own sustainable gardens at home. She says they "are trying to encourage lower fertilizer use, less of a water-greedy environment, and the use of natural pest control measures."
We collect and donate floral waste from your arrangements & bouquets. Your leftover leaves, petals and stems get composted by professors and students who get to learn from this beautiful project. Eventually, the floral waste transforms into trees, fruits & veggies!
In the past, the students have harvested foods like shishito pepper, cayenne pepper, lacinato kale, sweet yellow onions, yellow pear heirloom tomatoes, big boy hybrid tomato, brussels sprouts, strawberries, basil, aloe, boniato, lemon tree, watermelon, pineapple, spearmint, and more!
Also be sure to check out this guide to composting to learn more!