4-H Special Garden Project

The Nebraska Extension Special Garden Project lets 4-H members try their hand at growing a new or 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.

This project is open to all youth of 4-H age and gives them the opportunity to learn about growing, harvesting, and exhibiting a vegetable or flower; obtain the tools necessary to be successful gardeners, and learn about the wide range of plant-science related careers.

The 2023 Project is Mrs Burns' Lemon Basil!

This herb can be used multiple ways. Lemon basil has a unique lemon flavor can be added to any recipe or to cut flower arrangements to add scent and interest.

To Get Started:

  •  Enroll for the "PS: Horticulture (D) - Special Garden Project" through 4-H Online.
  •  Email dodge-county@unl.edu and let us know how many seed packets you need. If you do not contact us, seeds might not be available for you.
  • Pick seeds up from the Dodge County Extension office when we let you know the seeds are available - which should be around March or April.

4-H members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:

  • Receive a packet of seeds (one packet per youth)
  • Receive a newsletter with planting & growing tips, information about common problems & insects, and instructions for harvesting and use of the plant
  • Be able to exhibit at County and State Fair
  1. State Fair Special Garden Project Educational Exhibit Class G-775-001
  2. State Fair Special Garden Project Fresh Cut Flowers or Harvested Vegetables G-775-002
  3. Other fun county only ways to exhibit include a story, poem, or poster. Check your fairbook for more information.

Complete an evaluation of your growing experience: Special Garden Project Survey

Find out more at 4h.unl.edu/special-garden-project

The 2022 project was the Rubenza Cosmos. 

bouquet of Rubenza