• Upcoming Events:

    Jan 18th- Garden Tour- Infomation 8am-9am

    Location: Garden

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    Welcome to the Galileo Garden 

    "This is my favorite place."

    -Galileo Scholars

     "Some of the best produce in Colorado."

    -Galileo Staff

     "It truly is a wonder."

    -Galileo Volunteers/Families

    The Galileo Garden is a place where education, nutrition, dedication and love all grow together to blossom into a tranquil ecosystem. This ecosystem supports Galileo by providing healthy organic produce, volunteer opportunities, donation opportunites and hands on agricultural experience to our students and the D-11 Community.

     The unique learning enviorment is utilized all school year by our students and staff. Our students help with a varitey of tasks which range from maintenance and desinging to planting and harvesting. Our garden has served as a supreme area for educational lessons, poetry readings, counseling sessions and even music concerts. 

    Our garden is managed by Master Gardener Renelle Palmer-Bernal. It is maintained with the aid of year around volunteers. These volunteers kindly donate thier time to help keep our garden healthy and safe. We are always accepting volunteer applications and looking for volunteer parties interested in large scale projects. To find out more information on D-11 Voulteer requirements visit the D-11 homepage and select "Parents & Community", then select "Volunteer Services". There is a link provided at the bottom of the page. If you would like to fill out a form, you may print one off from the D-11 Volunteer Form link below. 


    Meet Mrs. Renelle~

             Hello D-11 Communtiy! I'm Renelle Palmer-Bernal and I am the Master Gardener here at wonderful Galileo. I have a background in Criminal Justice with a degree in Investigation Management.  I have been with Galileo for 5 years, I began working as the Health Tech in the main office. After that I worked as a secretary at the front desk. I am now finishing my first year as Master Gardener and it was a blast. I had the privledge to work with many talented people this past grow season, such as, the Boy Scouts of America, Fountain Valley School of Colorado and Growing Spaces Geodesic Dome Greenhouses. I look forward to a bright and productive furture with the Garden. I am always available to answer questions or chat about the garden. My email is renelle.palmer@d11.org. 


    Commonly Asked Questions:

     "What's in the Garden?"

       - We have 104 4'x8' raised growing beds, a 42ft Solar Powered Dome Greenhouse, Four fruit tree beds, a Sensory Garden, a Pollinator Path and a Colorado Native Plant Trail. 

    "Where does the food go?"

       - The produce grown at Galileo is split four ways. It first goes directly into the cafeteria for student meals. It is sold at The Margarita at Pine Creek Farmers Market located at 7350 Pine Creek Rd. from June-October, it is sold to staff/commuity year around and it is donated. 

    "Is the Garden open to the public?"

       - Yes, the garden is always open for tours and benifits highly from outside visitors. Please send an email to schedule a tour, weather and snow does affect tours. 

    "What can I donate?"

       - Orgainc yard waste, leaf litter, dirt, pine needles, plants, garden materials, landscape materials.

          ***please no animal waste***


    (Galileo thanks all who have donated!)

  • Gardening Complete

    by Cool Springs Press Year Published: 2018

    "A beautiful, exciting encyclopedia of gardening know-how, you will find the best advice form eight of Cool Springs Press's most knowledgeable and prolific garden writers to guide you through all aspects of growing."

    $30.00+tax- HomeDepot

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  • Rocky Mountain Gardener's Handbook

    by Mary Ann Newcomer & John Cretti Year Published: 2012

    "All you need to know to plan, plant, and maintain a rocky mountain garden. Written just for folks in the Rocky Mountain region, this book is filled with the authors' personal recommendations of plants that will thrive and tips for success."

    $24.99+tax- HomeDepot

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  • Garden Announcements:

    We are looking for volunteers to lend a helping hands keeping our Garden maintained. Main projects include:

    -Repair Raised Beds (Jan-February)

    -Greenhouse Repair/Planting (Feb-March)

    -Greenhouse Pond Maintenance(March-April)

    Weather will impact all these projects, please email Ms. Renelle to find out how you can help. (renelle.palmer@d11.org)

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    Galileo Garden Stars

    Our star this month is Palmer High Schooler Emma Popkin. Emma has shown extensive progress in helping both her school and community learn the importance and the benefits of hydroponic plant growing. Emma presented an informational speech to our 6th graders on how the effects of climate change are impacting our modern day farming and gardening techniques. She gave a solution of using hydroponic grow towers as a sustainable new farming source. She provided pictures of the towers she installed in the Palmer High School Library. Thank you Emma for visiting Galileo and getting our kids excited about this huge community opportunity. 

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