Youth can learn to design creative mini gardens during virtual workshop

PEKIN, Ill. - Designing a miniature garden can be a creative way to express yourself. Whether you like sports, stories, camping, sewing, music, or some other hobby, you can incorporate those interests into the design of your own miniature garden.

Youth of all ages are invited to participate in the 4-H Miniature Garden Workshop, Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m., that will provide participants with inspiration, theme ideas, and lessons on how to use everyday items around the house to create a miniature garden! University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and 4-H volunteer May Bach will teach everyone all about how to design an amazing miniature garden.

May has been an Extension Master Volunteer for 10 years and has led the 4-H Great Learning Garden club for the past 3 years. She not only has a green thumb, she has a gift of inspiring and engaging with youth. This virtual workshop will be interactive and fun.

Participants will spend time brainstorming themes with other workshop members and watch May as she creates miniature garden pieces from everyday household items.  Everyone will leave this workshop inspired to design their own themed miniature garden.

This session is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required by October 16. The session will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform. The Zoom meeting link and access information will be sent out the morning of each respective session. You can register for the session

The 4-H Miniature Garden workshop is a partnership between the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener and 4-H Youth Development programs in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties. For more information about 4-H, Extension Master Gardeners and other programs, visit the Illinois Extension website at



About University of Illinois Extension: University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois' 102 counties — and far beyond. Extension provides practical education you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. U of I Extension offers educational programs in five broad areas: energy and environmental stewardship, food safety and security, economic development and workforce preparedness, family health, financial security, and wellness, and youth development.

About 4-H: Illinois 4-H strives to help youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.

Source: Judy Schmidt, 4-H Metro Youth Educator