young master gardeners

In the Young Master Gardeners series at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries, kids get to participate in sessions that expand and enrich their knowledge about plants, gardening, and biology with planting and other hands-on activities. Related fiction and nonfiction books are used to illustrate, explain, and entertain.

At the Grants Pass library, the Young Master Gardeners sessions take place on the second Wednesday of each month from September through May, according to the schedule below.

Pre-kindergarten sessions (up to five years) take place 11:30 am-noon. The after-school session for children six and older takes place 3:00-3:45 pm. For more information, call 541-476-0571.

The Young Master Gardener program is sponsored by Josephine Community Libraries and Josephine County Master Gardeners certified through Oregon State University (OSU). OSU-certified Master Gardeners conduct the reading and learning sessions.


This is the schedule for the 2016-17 program. Note that topics and dates are subject to change. Please check the calendar or contact the library to confirm.

Wednesday, September 14: “Water-wise Gardening
Succulents, cacti, and beyond. How can people and plants conserve water? What can we grow in a drought?

Wednesday, October 12: “Botany 101”
Studying plants is all about looking for patterns. Let’s learn how to identify flowering plants by their patterns and put them into their families.

Wednesday, November 9: “Colorful Leaves”
Leaves are important parts of plants. What do leaves do? Leaves turn such pretty colors in the fall. Let’s find out why.

Wednesday, December 14, “Worms Go In and Worms Go Out”
The tiniest of creatures including worms and their friends make our soil rich and usable. Learn about compost and vermiculture.

Wednesday, January 11: “Indoor Gardening and Hydroponics”
Even though it’s winter, there are plants that we can grow for fun, to eat, or simply enjoy.

Wednesday, February 8: “What’s Wrong with my Plants?”
Plants can get sick sometimes but how can we keep plants healthy?

Wednesday, March 8: “Let’s Start Growing — All About Seeds”
Spring is the season to start seeds. What’s inside a seed? How does a seed sprout?

Wednesday, April 12: “Are You a Good Weed or a Bad Weed?”
Did you know some weeds are edible? Learn which ones are edible, and also learn about natives and invasives and why it’s important to know the difference.

Wednesday, May 10: “Plants for Pollinators”
Which plants are the favorites for bees and butterflies? Who else are friendly pollinators?

For more information

For more information about Young Master Gardeners, or to schedule a special session for your group, stop by the Grants Pass children’s library, click to email, or call 541-476-0571.

Updated 1/3/2017