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Gardening is such a mixture of mistakes and successes, and I often think the mistakes are the most important ~ Barbara Dodge Borland

You do not need to know everything about horticulture in order to have a successful garden experience with youth. Learning together along the way is part of the fun! There are plenty of resources available to you both locally and online to help you get started.

An important local resource for you is the Cooperative Extension Service. Cooperative Extension can be found in states across the country. Each state has its own Extension Service which serves as a link between land grant universities (in Virginia, Virginia Cooperative Extension is linked to Virginia Tech and Virginia State University) and the citizens of the state. The link is through local unit offices that have staff and volunteers who conduct research-based educational programs and have the knowledge to answer agriculture related questions. Many Extension units have volunteers called Master Gardeners that are specially trained to provide Environmental Horticulture education. Click here to find out how to contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension Office.

There are also numerous horticulture books, magazines and tv shows that can guide you in your gardening adventure. As the internet has expanded, the number of garden related websites has also exploded.

The following are links to more horticulture and gardening information. The placement on this page does not imply support for all of the the information at each link. As with any subject, it is important to evaluate each site to determine the value of the information provided. Click here for website evaluation tips.

Children's Gardening Links

Virginia Tech Children's Gardening
National Gardening Associations Kids Gardening
JMG Kids
The Great Plant Escape, University of Illinois Extension
Gardening with Kids
Washington State University, Growing with Plants
National Garden Clubs, Youth Gardening
Journey to Forever School Gardening Resources
National Junior Horticultural Association

Horticulture Information

Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture
Millennium Gardens
Virginia Cooperative Extension (Horticulture)
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Human Issues in Horticulture
Virginia Horticulture Updates
Entomology at Virginia Tech
Virginia Gardening
West Virginia University Horticulture & Gardening
Aggie Horticulture
Problem Solvers
The Garden Gate
Poisonous Plants link
Composting in Schools
The Herb Society of Southwestern Virginia
Virginia Native Plant Society
Louisa's Online Gardening Page
Plans for a Future, a searchable database of plant uses
Plant a Row for the Hungry
American Community Garden Association
American Horticultural Society
USDA Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service website on soil
Virginia Department of Forestry
Penn State Pointers
Butterflies in North America
The Garden Web
Royal Horticultural Society

Virginia & Washington DC Botanical Gardens

Boxerwood Gardens
Chesapeake Arboretum
Green Spring Gardens
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Norfolk Botanical Garden
University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm, The State Arboretum of Virginia
US Botanic Gardens
Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens
Dumbarton Oaks
American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

Grant & Funding Sources

Virginia WILD School Sites Mini-Grants Program
National Science Foundation Grants and Awards
Disney Learning
Creative Learning Community Grants
Federal Assistance/Grants
21st Century Learning Centers Grants
The Foundation Center (finding funders)
Grants for Nonprofits, Children and Youth
US Department of Education Grants
US Department of Education Grants
National Gardening Associations Youth Garden Grants
Safe and Drug Free School Grants
Saving Teachers Money

Horticulture Supplies

National Gardening Associations Kids Gardening Store
Gardeners Supply Company
Gardens for Growing People
Let's Get Growing Online Catalog
The National Gardener Magazine
Wisconsin Fast Plants
Burpee Seeds
The Green Teacher Magazine

For more information contact the Virginia Tech Horticulture Department at:

Office of Environmental Horticulture, Virginia Tech
407 Saunders Hall, 0327
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0327
540-231-2714 or

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Created Spring 2001, Last Modified April 8, 2002