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Gardening camps for youth abound: Sign up your child for some gardening fun

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Summer has just begun and so have a lot of cool and fun gardening camps for children. But there are even more not scheduled to begin until July, like the Hahn Horticulture Garden's 4-H Summer Camp being offered at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, according to this June 21 report from the Roanoke Times.

But you don't have to travel to another state to take advantage of some gardening summer camps for your Georgia kid. In fact, there a great number of such camps in your own backyard. And some of them are just one-day events, only for an hour or two, like this Atlanta Botanical Garden class.

The "Planting a Wonderland" garden class at the Atlanta Botanical Garden lasts only one hour, from 11:00 a.m. until noon, and takes place on two different Saturdays: July 12 and July 19. Participants are able to design a mini-garden using a magical stone and a mythical creature, as well as a plant. And you don't have to even bother to register, as this is a drop-in family program, so you just show up and pay the $6 child fee ($5 for member's children), as well as any admission fees that apply.

If miniature gardens are your thing, there are a lot more of them being offered around the nation, and one specialty gardening retail location in Cashiers, N.C. (Dovecote) can hook you up with a plethora of miniature gardening furniture and accessories. They are even giving away a free booklet on how to design that special type of garden.

Outdoor recreation that includes night hiking and attracting birds and butterflies for your garden is covered at the Garden Club of Georgia's Wild and Wonderful Summer Youth Camp. The next camp date is July 13-15 at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Ga. Cost is $125 per youth member and registration can be made by calling Molly Kimler at 770-464-3598, who is the GCG Youth Coordinator.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, which is located at the University of Georgia in Athens, has youth camps for children ages 3-12 during the month of July. But according to their calendar of events, the next camp, Nature Explorers Camp, is already full for the July 14-18 dates. And that just leaves the Sweet Pea Club Summer Camp, for ages 3-4, still available for registration and attendance.

The Sweet Pea Club Summer Camp begins July 21-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m., with cost for attendance ranging from $54 for members to $60 for non-members. Nature crafts, garden explorations, and indoor and outdoor learning games are all part of the adventure, as well as puppet shows and storytelling. And you can register online now if you want your young child to attend.