San Diego Floral Association
Garden Grant Program

Cultivating Hearts and Minds, One Garden at a Time™

For over 100 years, the San Diego Floral Association has accomplished its mission to promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region. That mission lives on with one of our more popular programs: our Garden Grant Program.

Teaching school-aged children the art of gardening is nothing new to the San Diego Floral Association. It all began with Kate Sessions and her dedication to teaching children about horticulture. Areas near school grounds provided a perfect space for school children and volunteers to set up gardens to grow vegetables and flowers. SDFA has kept that flame alive by supporting school garden programs by way of our School Garden Grant Program. Students working together enhance their leadership and teamwork skills while encouraging discipline, respect and trust. Harvesting a “bounty” will excite students about growing their own food, and studies show that children who grow their own fruits and vegetables tend to eat more of them.

In addition to providing school garden grants, The San Diego Floral Association also offers grants to educational gardening programs at small farms and community gardens by way of our Garden Outreach Grant Program. Small farms and community gardens provide a unique educational environment for not only youth-based groups but other members of our community as well such as seniors, veterans and those with special needs. Our Garden Outreach Program cultivates healthy minds and spirit by engaging individual citizens and families to work together in a community setting. Learn more.

SDFA-supported school Reading Garden

Gardens connect people by nurturing the soil

For more information or questions on either of these programs, contact

To apply for funding:

School Garden Grant Criteria and Application Click here
Garden Outreach Grant Criteria and Application Click here

These programs are made possible through donations from you. Please donate to our Garden Grant Program. Thank you for your support!!



Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.