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Children and Youth Gardening

Come grow with us!

Since 1947, children and families from our local communities have come to RBG to plant, cultivate, harvest, and learn about horticulture. Participants will get their hands dirty as they learn to grow food, prepare healthy, easy snacks, explore, play, and hone their gardening skills. These hands-on programs are planned to take advantage of seasonal changes and local expertise to create age-appropriate experiences with a goal to inspire a lifelong love of gardening RBG has a variety of large, open allotments and garden beds located in Hendrie Park which serves as the backdrop for children and families to have fun and connect with the world around them.

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2024 Programs

Child planting into raised garden bed, sectioned out with string

Junior Gardener’s Club

Ages 9 to 12, drop off

  • Spring session: 5 Saturdays, May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Summer session: 7 Thursdays, Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 2, 8, 15, 22. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Fall session: 5 Saturdays, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Located in the growing Green Thumb Club, our Junior Gardeners will have the opportunity to deepen their garden knowledge, hone their green thumbs, and connect with nature in a meaningful way. Each Junior Gardener will be provided with their own garden plot to cultivate, maintain, and harvest throughout the season.

Staff Gardening With Children

Growing Green Thumbs

Ages 6 to 8 years, drop-off

  • Spring session: 5 Saturdays, May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22. 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Summer session: 7 Wednesdays, Jul 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21. 9:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Fall session: 5 Saturdays, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5. 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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Dig deeper to discover the world beneath our feet then stretch up into the sky in this seasonal, weekly drop-off program for children ages 6-8 years old. From starting seeds to tasting our harvests, each participant will grow their green thumb through play, cultivation, crafting, and exploring the big (and tiny) world of the garden.

toddler playing in vegetable garden while adult looks on

Budding Explorers

Age 2 to 5, and their caregivers.

  • Summer Session: 6 Tuesdays, Jul 16, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13, 20. 9:30 to 11 a.m.

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Sow the seeds of curiosity in this program for 2-to-5-year-olds and their caregivers in RBG’s Green Thumb Club and beyond. We will embark on nature adventures in Hendrie Park, nurture our green thumbs in the garden, sing, dance, and listen to stories under the trees, and explore the wonderful world of bugs while engaging our senses with every adventure that awaits.

  • Young children Holding Up Carrots
  • Girl planting in veggie garden
  • Monarch Butterfly on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
  • Childrens Gardening Program In Vegetable Garden - Credit to Markzelinski
  • Three Tomatoes On Vine

More Family Fun

Every trip to RBG is a whole new adventure! Whether you’re visiting an interactive exhibit, learning a new skill, or just exploring the great outdoors, RBG offers year-round experiences that bring your family closer to nature.