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Children's Vegetable Garden

Spring 2020 Registration Closed

Saturdays, Feb. 22 - June 6

In light of developing COVID-19 information and in an effort to keep our customers healthy and safe, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has decided to cancel the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program until further notice.

About the Program

The San Antonio Botanical Garden is proud to present one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. Children ages 7-16 get their hands-on horticulture with the help of partner organizations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at the Botanical Garden is an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables and ornamental plants with the help of instructors from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners, as well as other volunteer organizations. Each child is allotted a 3.5’x 28’ garden plot. Children will have fun growing different types of seeds, vegetables and ornamental annual flowers.

Children can also earn their Junior Master Gardener certification by participating in fun, hands-on activities each week after they have tended their garden. In order to gain the most from this learning experience and to help ensure successful growing, participants are required to attend all sessions (two absences are allowed). Families are welcome to share the gardening experience with their child. A parent or guardian must stay with their child.

Vegetable Garden Blog

Follow our plot progress and get great gardening tips on the Vegetable Garden blog.

Program Fee and Registration

Thanks to a generous donation from the Milberger’s Landscaping and Nursery, the fall Children’s Vegetable Garden Program will be $50 per child or $80 for two children to share a plot (non-refundable).

Scholarships

Need based scholarships are available. To request a scholarship, contact [email protected].

Contact

Have questions? Please contact Alexis Phelps at [email protected] or 210.536.1434.

Program Guidelines

  • Child must be able to attend the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program every Saturday, Feb. 22 through June 6 from 9 AM – 12 PM (only two absences will be allowed).
  • Will child: (1) be on time every Saturday by 9 a.m. (unless told otherwise); (2) do their daily chores; (3) attend the daily presentation; and (4) participate in the daily Junior Master Gardener activity?
  • Will child be able to attend the first four weeks of planting (very important)?
  • Will a parent/guardian be in attendance with their child each Saturday?
  • Will child and family be able to attend the Vegetable Show, Picnic and Recognition Ceremony on May 16 which ends around 1 PM?
  • Will child and family participate on cleanup day for their plot and the garden?