The botany program at Strongbridge starts in the classroom. Each child has their own hearty houseplant on the shelves at the entrance to the classroom. Students learn to care for their plants, watering them weekly, while learning the essential elements necessary for their survival. The Montessori materials support the program by offering activities related to the parts of trees, flowers, and leaves. Students learn the parts of the plants, how to trace pictures of them, and eventually produce books that they can take home. Outdoors in the playground, students participate in annual planting of flower bulbs in the fall, and vegetable starts in the early spring in the raised beds and the barrel gardens. Vegetables and fruits are harvested as they ripen and students eat strawberries, tomatoes, squash, snow peas, and other goodies. Students also often travel to community farms, and gardens to see plant growth outside the school and to learn about propagation practices.