Here’s a recipe for a great time: lots of dirt, a few plants, digging and kids! That’s pretty much the recipe for the fall 2015 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program, which is looking for participants age 8-13. The garden program, offered by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, provides an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants, with help from instructors from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.
The program is a weekly commitment for children (and a parent) that takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. (only two absences are allowed). The fall program begins Saturday, Aug. 22, and continues through Dec. 5.
Participants are given a garden plot that measures 3.5 feet by 28 feet at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Children use their plot to plant and sprout various seeds, vegetables and flowers. Each Saturday children tend their garden and can participate in other hands-on activities to earn their Junior Master Gardener certification.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston Place in San Antonio. Cost to participate in the fall program is $30 per child or $40 for two children to share a plot (non-refundable). For more information about the program or the botanical garden, visit www.sabot.org.