Garden-based learning (GBL) presents meaningful content using experiential learning which may improve student engagement. Stemming from an overarching concept of engagement, this paper focuses on the classroom-based pedagogy of experiential learning. Based on the tenets of Progressivism, the work explores the benefits of garden based learning. It includes explanation of the connection to Progressivism, extracts of several garden-based practices, and benefits of integrating GBL into the curriculum- including improved classroom climate and increased pro-environmental attitudes. Suggestions for implementing gardens in elementary schools are included. Overall, this paper supports existing theories connecting garden-based learning to authentic education and positive child growth.