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Growing Green Thumbs

Gardening classes for kids in Dallas-Fort Worth

Your mother’s orchids effortlessly flower and your father cultivates the most delicious autumn tomatoes—one would think a Green Thumb would run in the family. Yet you struggle to keep your aloe plant alive (and sheepishly blame it on your toddler’s curiosity). Don’t worry; just because you don’t have a knack for gardening doesn’t mean your kids can’t experience the thrill of growing produce. Try out these area gardening classes structured just for kids—who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!

Callie’s Kids by Calloway Nursery
CONTACT: Addison, 972/484-0784; Dallas, 214/363-0525; McKinney, 972/540-0707; Plano (Preston Road), 972/964-3084; Plano (Custer Road), 972/596-5211; Plano (Highway 121), 972/649-6228; Richardson, 972/644-0144
AGES: 5-12, with parent
LEARN: A garden expert will share tips and advice for the best gardening practices during the 45-minute session (beginning June 2). Preregistration online is required.
TIME: 9:30am, first or third Wed, June-August
COST: Free

Plano Community Garden
4030 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano; 972/769-0557
AGES: 6 and older, with a parent
LEARN: Kids can volunteer their time and hard work at the Plano Community Garden doing chores, planting seeds, cleaning plots and watering the plants. Families can adopt their own plot and choose to donate all produce grown to area food pantries.
TIME: 9am-12pm every Sat
COST: Free (Plano residency preferred, but not required)

Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas; 214/428-7476
AGES: All ages, with parent
LEARN: The EarthKeepers Program introduces kids to seed planting, creatures that live in gardens, teaches them how to compost and more. See Web site to register.
TIME: Varying times; check Web site
COST: $5 per student; one adult free per 10 kids

Square Foot Vegetable Gardening
Ron Gentry Fire Training Center, 310 Century Pkwy., Allen; 214/509-4553
AGES: 10 and older, with parent
LEARN: Attend a two-hour course on how to start a small-area garden. Attendees will learn about which vegetables grow best in the area’s climate and soil.
TIME: 10am-12pm, Apr 3
COST: $5 per individual (must be a resident of Allen)

Colleyville Garden Club
Colleyville Center, 5301 Riverwalk Drive, Colleyville
AGES: 8 years and older, with parent
LEARN: Discuss gardening topics and watch demonstrations by area master gardeners.
TIME: 10am, first Wed of month
COST: First meeting free; membership $30 annually

Fort Worth Botanical Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth; 817/871-7686
AGES: All ages, with parent
LEARN: Register for the “Green Thumb Club” classes to learn about native plants, pollination, trees and more; or, families can take self-guided tours specialized for kids.
TIME: Classes offered at varying times (see Web site)
COST: Free; $25 per each “Green Thumb Club” class

Denton Children’s Community Garden
2200 Bowling Green Ave., Denton; 940/349-2883
LEARN: Join the weekend work at the community garden, where caregivers, parents and master gardeners help children of all ages plant new vegetables, water the plants, harvest from the gardens and more. The instructors also lead games about nutrition, good and bad bugs and more. 10am-5pm on Saturdays (check Web site for schedule of varying work days).
COST: Free

Coppell Community Gardens
255 Parkway Blvd., Coppell
LEARN: Kids of all ages (with a parent/caregiver) can volunteer at either the Helping Hands Garden (255 Parkway Blvd.) or Ground Delivery Garden (450 S. Denton Tap Road). Children will have ample opportunity to till the ground, plant vegetables, harvest from the garden and more. Master gardeners are available on site; all harvested foods area either sold at the community’s farmers market or donated to the area food bank. Work begins every Saturday at about 9am.
COST: Free

This article was first published in the April 2010 issues of DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild. It was updated with additional reporting in August 2015. ©ISTOCK