Junior Gardener Day Camp

  • One of Nashville’s best kept summer camp secrets!
  • Winner of the Tennessee Master Gardener’s “Search for Excellence” Award in the youth category.
  • Some people believe that if something is low-cost, it is also low quality. But that isn't the case with Junior Gardener Day Camp. Because it is staffed by Davidson County Extension Agents and Master Gardener volunteers, the cost is extremely affordable and the quality is extremely good.


Davidson County Master Gardeners

              University of Tennessee Extension Davidson County Office

Catherine Atwell, Master Gardener, looks on as Davidson County Extension Agent, David Cook, demonstrates square foot gardening to the campers. 
Photographer: Pam Swoner

WHAT: Junior Gardener Day Camp is a one-week summer camp where campers learn about soil testing, composting, basic botany, raised bed vegetable gardening, floral arranging, organic gardening and propagation among many other topics. See this news piece about the 2012 camp aired on Channel 5:


WHO: Age limits are 9-14 years old. The camp is friendly to home-schooled children, kids clubs, 4-H Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, church youth groups and any youth interested in learning about gardening in general. The camp is limited to 25 campers. There is a waiting list (see below for contact information) where parents, who are on the waiting list, will be notified first before advertising goes out to the public.

WHERE: Ellington Agricultural Center at UT Extension District Office, 5201 Marchant Dr. Nashville, TN

WHEN: Dates not yet set for the 2013 Camp

COST: $50.00 The fee includes healthful refreshments for morning and afternoon breaks, Gardening Handbook, tee shirt, and Hands-on Project materials. Water is provided. Campers bring their lunch. Davidson County Extension Agent & Davidson County Master Gardener volunteers staff the camp, thus keeping the cost down.

CONTACT: Call the Davidson County Extension Office (862-5995) to reserve a spot for 2013. Follow the menu through and leave a message including:

1. Request to be added to the waiting list for 2013 camp

2. Give your name, phone number, and email address. (Your name will then be added to the waiting list. In the spring of 2013, you will be sent an email about the camp.)