Carton 2 Garden Contest – $5k – DUE: 3-25-18

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December 14, 2018
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December 13, 2021


Hyde Park Elementary School Carton 2 Garden contest in process.

Evergreen Packaging and are proud to present our fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest!  Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons.  


Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. After gathering cartons, it’s time to design and construct purposeful garden items and structures using them. Looking for ideas? Check out last year’s winners for inspiration and visit us on Facebook, and Twitterfor tips, activities, and lessons.

Click here to for more contest details.


Register your interest in participating in the 2018-2019 Carton 2 Garden Contest to access a special collection of online lesson plans inspired by previous Carton 2 Garden winners.  By registering, you will also receive periodic tips and reminders from KidsGardening to help keep your project on track.  Click here to register.


Completed project!

Carton 2 Garden is open to all K-12 public and private schools in the United States. Your school does not need a garden to participate. Pre-K classes located at schools serving additional elementary, middle and or high school grade levels may also enter the contest.

All entries must document and share their gardening experience through an online entry form and submission of up to 10 photos. In order to be eligible for the grand prize and specialty prizes, entries must also include a video link (under 5 minutes) that tells the story of the project in its entirety. Please note that each student that appears in the photos or video must have an accompanying signed parental release form submitted with your entry. The official parental release form is also available in Spanish.


After completing your Carton 2 Garden project, you must fill out and submit an online entry form and include 5 – 10 photos highlighting your project from beginning to end. Click here to download the Entry Form Checklist for a copy of the questions included on the form.

Entries are due by Monday, March 25, 2019 by Midnight PST.

You can access the online entry form at:


Before you begin your project, check out our Judging Criteria so that you know what the judges will be looking for in your creation. Keep in mind that no purchase is necessary. Purchase of a product does not improve your chances of receiving an award.


Fifteen (15) entries will be selected to receive award packages for their efforts.

  • One (1) grand prize winner will be selected to receive a prize valued at $5,000.
  • Four (4) winners will be selected for exemplary demonstration in the following specialty areas: Carton Art in the Garden, Environmental Stewardship, Health & Nutrition, and STEM.  These four (4) winners will receive a prize valued at $2,000 each.
  • Ten (10) winners, five (5) middle/high school and five (5) elementary school, will receive award packages valued at $1,000 each.


Winners will be posted on and on Monday, April 22, 2019. Winning schools will be notified within 7 days following the official announcement via email.


All winners are asked to keep us apprised of the progress in their garden. Award winners will receive instructions following the announcement.

  1. Photos of Prize Presentation
    Winners are asked to provide up to five photos of the students receiving their prize (opening the prize box, presentation to the team, etc.)
  2. Progress of the Garden
    A minimum of 10 digital photos will be requested from all winners, regional and national winners showing the progress of the garden after the competition.

Note: Parental photo permission forms will be required for all youth pictured allowing and Evergreen Packaging to use the photos at their discretion.


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