Registration open for Cloverbud Little Roots program

Deadline to register is March 4

Monarch butterflies feed on a milkweed plant after being released at the Serenity Hospice & Home Memorial Butterfly Release on Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Oregon.

Registration for the Cloverbud Little Roots program is open.

Little Roots is a gardening program for children ages 5 to 7. The program encourages and inspires youth to grow their own food and flowers and to increase interest in gardening projects.

A bright, kid-friendly gardening calendar guides children and adults in growing seven different plants from seed through harvest. The calendar provides weekly activities from mid-April through September that encourage observing the world, researching horticulture basics and caring for plants.

Participating youth will explore pollination and insects, weather, plant parts, the life cycle and plant care.

Participants will receive seeds (radish, pumpkin, zinnia, sunflower and basil), tomato and pepper transplants, a gardening calendar and supplemental gardening resources.

There is no fee to participate in the program.

Youth who participate in the program also will be offered opportunities to showcase their vegetables and flowers at their local county 4-H show, community events and in a private Facebook group.

Registering for this program ensures that members receive a gardening kit with activity supplies.

Kits will be distributed at a workshop April 27.

Registration is required by March 4 to ensure a gardening kit.

Register for the program at

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to register for the supply pickup workshop.

To learn more about LaSalle County 4-H opportunities, call the University of Illinois Extension of La Salle County at 815-433-0707 or email Toni Pienta at

If you need reasonable accommodation to participate or more information, contact Pienta. Early requests are encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs.