The Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens have been operating since 1993.
Here are some important dates for the 4-H Children's Gardens:
- 1987: Jane Taylor had the idea for a public children's garden and began the initial planning.
- 1993: Grand Opening and Dedication of the Horticulture Gardens, including the 4-H Children's Garden (August).
- 1996: First 4-H Children's Garden web site:
- 1997: Jane Taylor, Founding Curator retires.
- 1997: Dr. Norm Lownds hired as Curator. Started work in July.
- 2001: Kidstour web site launched.
- 2001: Host for the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium.
- 2004: Seeds of Science program.
- 2004: Indoor 4-H Children's Garden opens (May).
- 2006: Pete & Sally Smith Schoolyard Demonstration Garden opened.
- 2008: 15th anniversary celebration.
- 2008: On-line Wonder Wall launched.
- 2009: Number of kids through our programs exceeds 10,000.
- 2010: Launched Jr. Plant Scientist program with the US Botanic Garden and the American Horticultural Society.
- 2010: Launched Collaborating Classrooms program.
- 2011: Host for National Children & Youth Garden Symposium.
- 2011: Introduced QR Codes into the garden learning experiences.
Since all of the funds for garden development, program development and care and maintenance have all been through private donations to the Michigan 4-H Foundation, hundreds of people have been a vital part of our history. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the 4-H Children's Gardens over the years. Your gifts are making a difference.
Through your suppot we have been able to create a garden and programs fufill our Mission to:
- Promote an understanding of plants and why they are important in our daily lives,
- Nurture the wonder in a child's imagination and curiosity,
- Provide a place of enrichment and delight for children of all ages.
The 4-H Children's Gardens are an amazing place. Let's celebrate our history as we look toward a great future!