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School Gardening Resources

Greenhouse Manual: An Introductory Guide for Educators, United States Botanical Gardens

School Gardening Resources. Helpful resources for school gardeners from Illinois Extension.

Utilizing the School Garden, Illinois Extension

2022 4-H Special Gardening/Agronomy Projects

Rubenza cosmos4-H families have the opportunity to participate in the special garden and/or special agronomy projects this year.

The Special Garden Project is Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique and the petals change color as they age. The Special Agronomy Project is broomcorn sorghum, which started as a garden crop but soon evolved into being grown for making brooms for the home.

Seed packets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Extension office at 402-441-7180 to sign up for these special projects. The seed packages are free and one seed packet per project, per family. Seeds will be mailed after April 30, 2022.

Image above from Johnny's Selected Seeds

Fair Resources

4-H members and volunteers should use these resources to help prepare plant exhibits for Lancaster County Super Fair and Nebraska State Fair Contests.

2022 Lancaster County Super Fair Book

Lancaster County 4-H website with  Fair Book, Resources, Forms and Fair Results/Photos

Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit or Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State FairNebraska Extension free online publication (pdf)

Preparing Cut Flowers for Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State FairNebraska Extension free online publication (pdf)

Showing Flowers and Vegetables at the Lancaster County Super FairLancaster County 4-H handout (pdf)

NebGuide G1853 "Propagating House Plants, Listing of common houseplants found in Nebraska.

Lancaster County 4-H Horticulture Club

A club for those 4-H youth interested in growing flowers and vegetables. Club members have the opportunity to participate in club meetings, field trips, community service projects and creating exhibits for the county fair.

Get Involved Form

Lancaster County Plant Science Fair Contests

In-Person Horticulture, Tree, Grass & Weed ID Contests
Open to all 4-Her’s from all counties, ages 10-18. Enrollment in a horticulture project is not required to participate.
Date: Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 10 a.m. - Noon
Registration deadline: June 7, 2022 by calling (402) 441-7180.

Contest options include:

  • Horticulture Contest
  • Tree Identification
  • Weed & Grass Identification

Learn More

Online Tree and Grass & Weed ID Contests
Open to all youth and adults. Enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate. Contests open from Friday June 3, 2022 at 9 a.m. through Tuesday June 21, 2022 at 9 a.m. Rules and links to participate

Online Horticulture Judging Contest
Nebraska 4-H offers a statewide online Horticulture Judging Contest which tests 4-H'ers knowledge in three areas: general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion.

This year, the online contest will be available Friday, June 3, 8 a.m. through Monday, June 20, 2022 at 8 a.m.

Plant Science Contest Resources

Tree ID Contest Study Resources:

Weed and Grass ID Contest Study Resources:

Horticulture Contest Study Resources: