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2021 Growing Good Kids Book Award Winners

The Junior Master Gardener Program and the American Horticultural Society honor engaging, inspiring works of plant, garden and ecology-themed children’s literature through the “Growing Good Kids – Excellence in Children’s Literature Awards” Program. Each year, book winners are announced at the AHS’s annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium  (NCYGS).
Join us in congratulating the 2021 Growing Good Kids Book Award Winners!
  • One Little Lot: The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden

    By Diane C. Mullen
    Illustrated by Oriol Vidal
    Published by Charlesbridge
  • Mae the Mayfly

    By Denise Brennan-Nelson
    illustrated by Florence Weiser
    Published by Sleeping Bear Press
  • Butterflies Belong Here 

    By Deborah Hopkinson
    illustrated by Meilo So
    Published by Chronicle Books
Learn more about each of the winners at

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AHS Issues Call for Sessions for NCYGS 2020

NCYGS 2020 logo

The American Horticultural Society has issued a Call for Sessions for the annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) taking place in Santa Cruz, California from July 7-10, 2020. NCYGS is a national professional development event aimed at cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators.

We’re looking for peer-led educational sessions that focus on relevant, thought-provoking topics, provide attendees with practical knowledge and skills, and appeal to attendees representing a variety of experience levels, educational settings, and youth audiences.  Session presenters receive a discounted registration rate to attend the symposium.

Learn more and submit a session proposal by January 8, 2020.


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2019 Growing Good Kids Book Award Winners Named

This morning at the National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, Randy Seagraves of the Junior Master Gardener Program announced the three winners of the 2019 Growing Good Kids book awards:

* Errol’s Garden by Joan Hibbs; published by Child’s Play

* Up in the Leaves by Shira Boss; illustrations by Jamey Christoph; published by Sterling Children’s Books

* Seed School – Growing Up Amazing by Joan Holab; illustrations by Sakshi Mangal; published by Seagrass Press

The Growing Good Kids book awards program honors engaging and inspiring works of plant, garden and ecology-themed children literature.

Learn more

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AHS President/CEO Talks School Gardening on Wisconsin Public Radio

During our 2019 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin, AHS president & CEO Beth Tuttle chatted with WPR Morning Show host Kate Archer Kent about school gardens. Listen here.


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AHS at River Farm Supports Local Pollinator Gardens

In May 2019, we were pleased to support a local Girl Scout’s project to design and and plant pollinator gardens at a police and fire station in Woodbridge, Virginia. The gardens are intended to attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, while enhancing the beauty around the surrounding buildings. The American Horticultural Society at River Farm donated a number of perennial pollinator plants to the Girl Scout who planted them with fellow troop members. Altogether, the 1,270 square-foot garden at Bacon Race Fire Station 26 has 22 plant varieties and 165 plants.


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NCYGS 2019 – Open for Registration

Looking for ideas and resources to connect kids with plants? Our National Children & Youth Garden Symposium taking place in Madison, Wisconsin from July 10-13 is now open for registration! The event will feature over 50 educational sessions, an exciting keynote presentation by Detroit Dirt’s Pashon Murray, and tours of Madison’s flourishing youth gardening community. Check out the session, speaker, and tour descriptions, and register now!