kids gardening

Themed Gardens for Kids

Foster the love of gardening with the youth in your life by creating theme gardens. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Brittnay Haag as she shares ideas and tips for creating a special place for your young, hands-on learner to grow, explore, and be creative. Whether it’s at a school, community garden, or your backyard, theme gardens use plants and design elements inspired by a specific topic, such as favorite books, colors, foods, animals, or even places to visit. The possibilities are endless! 

Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series

Four Seasons Gardening is one of Extension’s most popular gardening series. Each season, horticulture educators cover a variety of environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production topics for home gardeners in three live one-hour webinars. Each program is recorded and available to watch two weeks following the live session on YouTube. Registration is required for these free webinars at

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these programs, please contact Gemini Bhalsod at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs. 

Additional webinars in the series

Top 9 Vegetable Garden Insects: June 15 | 1:30 PM

Learn nine of the most common and destructive insect pests in your vegetable garden and how to control them. Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Kelly Allsup as she shares tips on identification, scouting, prevention, and organic methods of eradication.  Whether you are new to gardening or a master, you will walk away with tips to make the gardening season a greater success.

End of Summer Planted Fall Vegetables: August 17 | 1:30 PM

Fall harvested vegetables tend to be sweeter as the temperatures start to cool and they finish growing. Join Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Bruce J. Black as he shares some tips for planting fall vegetables. He'll review which vegetables are better suited for a late summer planting and provide information on how to store fall harvested vegetables for their long shelf life.

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