Hilltop Family Gardening Program
Registration: Saturday, March 3rd
at 10:30am

Families interested in the Family Gardening Program are welcome to attend a ½ hour introduction to the 2018 program. There will be a short presentation on the program’s structure, rules and expectations. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have. After the meeting, you are welcome to register for the program and are able to sign up at anytime as spots are available.

Regardless if you plan to register for the FGP, families are welcome to stay after the introduction session to help us start seeds for the family garden plots! Join us in the warm (and hopefully sunny) greenhouses to start our cool season vegetable seeds in preparation for spring planting. Families will be welcome to take some of the seed starts home to grow too!


The Family Gardening Program at Hilltop will provide a fun, interactive, garden-themed learning environment in which families will learn and work together through gardening activities both in the classroom and in the garden! The garden programming will be geared towards families with children ages 3-9. The Junior Master Gardener Program for children ages 10-13. The garden program will mainly focus on growing edible plants, including fruits, vegetables, and herbs; however participants may be introduced to a variety of perennial gardens located at Hilltop.


This is a FREE educational program that will run March 20th through August 25th with optional field trips in between. The garden program will meet once per week for 90 minutes. Each week, a new topic will be presented and the same activity will be offered at 4 different times. When registering families need to choose 2 of the following options to attend:

Tuesday: 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesday: 6:30-8:00pm

Saturday: 8:30-10:00am

Saturday: 10:30-noon

Each week, families have the option of attending one of the two days that they chose during registration. In order to provide the best educational experience, participants should plan to participate in the entire program. Participants will not need to bring any gardening materials. All plants, seeds, fertilizer, tools, materials, etc. will be provided; however, if there is something you would like to grow that we did not provide, you are welcome to bring in additional seeds or plants.

Participant Benefits

Participants in the program will receive weekly gardening instruction through hands-on, family friendly gardening activities.  Each family will be provided with 48 ft.² of growing space that they will maintain through the growing season. Participants will be able to take home all the produce grown in their garden plot as well as additional herbs and produce grown at Hilltop Gardens. 


A ‘family’ must include at least one responsible adult, 18 yrs. or older and one child. There is no limit to how many people may participate per family. You do not have to be related to participate; any combination of children and adults are permitted. Not all family members are required to come to each weekly program, as long as at least one child and one adult attend. Children cannot be left unattended.

Absence Policy

If your family will need to be away from their garden plot, Hilltop staff and other family gardeners will help maintain your garden plot until you return. If your family will be away for more than 3 consecutive weeks, we ask that you find another “family” to participate in the program and take care of your garden for you until you return.

*If a family does not participate in the garden program for two consecutive weeks without notifying the Hilltop Coordinator of their absence, their garden plot will be forfeited. 

Registrations will be open until all of the garden plots are full. Once we receive your registration information, you will be contacted with a confirmation and acceptance into the Family Gardening Program. If the program fills up, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist in case some families withdraw from the program.

To register, please plan to attend the introduction session on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30am. If you are not able to attend this session and are interested is registering or have questions, please contact: Lea Woodard, Coordinator Hilltop Garden & Nature Center; 812-855-8808 or hilltop@indiana.edu