The Special Garden Project gives 4-H members the opportunity to try growing a new and unusual vegetable or flower each year. The project allows experienced 4-H gardeners to grow something fun and exciting while letting those who are newer to gardening get their feet wet in the horticulture project area with a guided project experience.
4-H members enrolled in the project will:
Grow Something New
Members will receive a seed pack with the current year's focus plant.
Learn Along the Way
Members will receive a newsletter with information about planting, growing, and harvesting.
Exhibit the Fruits of Their Labor
Members are able to exhibit their cut flowers or harvested vegetables at the fair.
Reflect on the Experience
Members complete an evaluation at the end of the year.
The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the Rubenza Cosmos. These plants produce unique flowers with petals that change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. The Rubenza Cosmos make great cut flowers, so be sure to enjoy a bouquet of them indoors!
Th 2021 Special Garden Project is focused on the unique, Hakurei Turnip. These are not your grandmother's turnips. Hakurei is a white salad turnip that is smooth, round and at its best when harvested under 2". The roots can be eaten raw or cooked, and the tops can also be cooked.