AHS Centennial Year National Children & Youth Garden Symposium

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Gardeners by Energizing, Inspiring, and Training Today’s Educators

An In-Person Gathering in Richmond, VA!


For the first time since the pandemic began in 2020, we gathered together in-person in Richmond, VA for the 2022 NCYGS, July 13-15. 

Read about the conference’s educational sessions, field experiences, and inspiring keynote speakers. 


Nature as Healer, Teacher, and Mentor

The past two years of global health crisis have compelled many Americans to reevaluate what is truly important in their lives. In 2021, more adults than ever before reported taking part in some form of outdoor recreation, 20 million people became first-time gardeners, and National Parks were flooded with visitors upon reopening, all clear signs that for so many, nature is one of those things that we value most. Beyond the clean air and open spaces, the opportunity to grow our own healthy foods, and the awe-inspiring landscapes that give us respite from our daily routines that became so important during the pandemic, nature can help us solve other major challenges that society is facing today including a growing mental health crisis and climate change. Join us as our National Children & Youth Garden Symposium 2022 speakers explore the resilient and hopeful topic of nature as healer, teacher, and mentor. 


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NCYGS Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Ball Horticultural logo

Bronze Sponsor


Boulevard Flower Garden


Transportation Sponsor


Espoma logo

National Garden Clubs Inc.

Local Host