2018 spring session for the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program is NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program

About the Program:

CVG Girl with entries resizedThe Garden is proud to present one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. Children ages 8-13 get their hands-on horticulture with the help of our partner organizations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at the San Antonio 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’x28’ 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 the 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.

Fee: Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Milberger’s Landscaping and Nursery, the Spring Vegetable Garden Program will be $40 per child or $60 for two children to share a plot (non-refundable). Ages 8-13.

Donations welcome.

Questions? Please contact Timothy Roan at 210-536-1412 or troan@sabot.org


Child   must   be   able   to   attend   the   Children’s   Vegetable   Garden   Program   every
Saturday, February 17th through June 2nd from 8 a.m. till 12 p.m. (only two absences will be allowed).

Will child:  (1) be on time every Saturday by 8 a.m. (unless told otherwise); (2) do their daily
chores; (3) attend the daily presentation; and (4) participate in the daily Junior Master Gardener (JMG) 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 and every Saturday?

Will child and family be able to attend the Saturday, May 19th Vegetable Show, Picnic and
Recognition Ceremony which ends around 1 pm?

Will child and family participate on cleanup day Saturday, June 2nd  for their plot and the garden?


The Spring 2018 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program

Saturday mornings, February 17 through June 2nd from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Click here to register


Week 16: December 2, 2017

Hello Gardeners!

Today was the last day of the Children’s vegetable fall garden. We hope you all learned something and enjoyed yourselves!

We put the garden “to sleep” today. We harvested what we could, and pulled everything else out for the compost pile. The beds were raked and smoothed over.

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Raking and evening up the beds


Broccoli ready for harvest


Cabbage ready for harvesting


Squash, tomatoes, cauliflower all harvested

Our tomato plants were still producing, so many folks were able to harvest quite a few tomatoes. Its been quite a season!

Please remember to sign up for the Spring session, and to tell your friends!

Can’t wait to see everyone in the spring!

Week 13: November 11th, 2017

Hello Everyone! This past Saturday was our Picnic and Vegetable Contest Day! We had so many great entries and a wonderful lunch together. Everyone harvested their crops according to the instructions and entered their best pick.

There were so many different veggies to choose from!


Even if some of our harvest had Tomato Horn Worms, at least it made for a good picture!!


Thank you to Nora, for making some beautiful leis for our kiddos. This is such a great idea to display the Marigolds!!


A big thank you and congratulations to all of our volunteers, graduates and participants!




And a BIG Congratulations to Abigail Cosby for winning Grand Champion with her Cheers Head Cabbage!!


Just a few more weeks to go in the Fall Session 2017. Be sure to keep an eye out for registration for the Spring Session 2018! Happy Gardening 🙂

NEW!!! The Bexar County Youth Gardens Program Blog is now the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program Blog!!

Thank you all for subscribing to our blog. We are updating the name to reflect more closely which youth gardens program from Bexar County is being highlighted on this blog. Hopefully this change will clarify a few things. And no worries, you are still subscribed and will continue to receive all the awesome updates from the Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens 🙂


Thank you!!!

Week 12: November 4, 2017

Only one week to go until the big vegetable contest! Honestly, I have nothing new to add this week, so I’ll be brief.

Things to remember:

  1. Bring compost
  2. Smush bad bugs
  3. Remove sad looking leaves
  4. Liquid feed celery and cabbage
  5. Harvest leafy greens correctly (wrap in moist paper towel and store in small coolers until you get home)

Read over your email from this week for the veggie competition guidelines and rules. This is a big day for the garden, and we need your help to make it run smoothly! I will be out of the country for the next two weekends, so smile for whoever is taking photos for me 🙂 I am so disappointed I’m missing the competition, y’all are going to love it!

I want to mention that MANY plots weren’t reserved this session. If you love this and believe it has value for your children, please tell your friends and family. Below are two Master Gardeners who are having to do a ton of work themselves, and maintain TWELVE beds so they weren’t empty. We have two sessions a year, and love to have all beds reserved!


Thanks guys!




Those cole crops look incredible!

Until next week!


Week 11: October 28, 2017

Hello everyone! Just a reminder, November 11th will be our fall vegetable show, picnic, and recognition ceremony.

Please make sure the plot and walkways are weeded and full of trash. The compost pile needs your compost every week! We removed all brown, yellow, or damaged leaves. Remember to stay on top of bug smushing- the traps and liquid insecticide aren’t enough! Marigold flowers were removed, and what remained was given liquid feed. Don’t forget to gently push the bean plants away from shadowing the radishes. A few cabbage leaves may have to be removed so as not to impede the growth of the radishes. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and celery were drenched with Javelin Bt at the recommended dilution rate, mixed with two drops of M-Pede Insecticidal soap per one gallon of water. Celery and cauliflower were given liquid feed.

MANY plants were harvested today. The JMG activity was given by Anna Rascoe and was about the significance and usages of marigolds. Here come the photos:



Lettuce harvesting






JMG activity


JMG marigold activity


All that lettuce!


Marigold bounty

Until next week!

Week 10- October 21, 2017

Hello Gardeners!

Mark November 11th on your calendars for our fall vegetable show! We’ll need lots of help, so your section leaders will be giving you more information for this.

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Everyone arrived early this morning because it was the grand opening of the Botanical Garden’s new expansion! We went through our plots and removed any yellow/brown or damaged leaved. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so we aren’t treating for bugs. Make sure you’re checking VERY THOROUGHLY! It doesn’t take long for one or two bugs to turn into a swarm! Spent blooms from marigold plants were removed, and liquid feed was added. We made sure the bean plants aren’t shadowing the radishes. Check out the example plot and see how the red part of the radish root and plant was lightly and gently dirtied up last week. Your section leaders will show you how to do this! Some radishes may need to be removed due to overcrowding. Make sure and eat the greens on a salad tonight.3.jpg2.jpg1.jpg


Nicely blooming squash

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Tomatoes in different stages

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Bug trap to catch bugs on the cucumber plant. It’s working!

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Green beans are blooming. Aren’t they beautiful?


Lettuce grows so fast!

Celery and cauliflower plants were given liquid feed today. Some cucumbers, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, and thinned radishes may be ready for harvest. Ask your section leader! The best way to keep leafy greens good is to wrap them in a moist paper towel and store them in a small cooler until you get home.

Today’s JMG activity was taught by beekeeper Jim Bills. The kids loved it!

Note that for the next two sessions the start time will be at 8 am due to parking concerns with the new expansion. See you next week!



Note that for the next two sessions the start time will be at 8 am due to parking concerns with the new expansion. See you next week!


A visit from a pollinator