Flowers is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Flowers.

Flowers 1
What you can do in this project: identify flower parts and their functions; plant flowers and make flower arrangements; give a presentation on flowers; prepare a flower exhibit.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: BU7153, Budding Gardeners
4H1301A, Forcing Spring Flowering Bulbs
A2935, Evaluating & Judging Flowers & Indoor Plants

Flowers 2
What you can do in this project: learn about plant needs and soil testing; aelect and start new plants and grow transplants; wxamine plants for insects and diseases; judge a flower exhibit.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: BU7154, Branching Out

Flowers 3
What you can do in this project: design a plant experiment; make a landscape plan; write instructions on how to force bulbs; compare different fertilizers: organic and chemical.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: BU7155, Digging Deeper

Flowers Leader
Resources: BU7156, 4-H Horticulture Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about flowers? Try the links below.

Flowers Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including flowers. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

State 4-H Plant Science Day
Youth in grades 3-13 test their knowledge about plants while learning how to judge and identify a wide variety of plant specimens. You can also compete in photography and speaking contests.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into these fun Flowers activities.

  • PDF file From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth will observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.
  • PDF file Skin Deep (2 pages, 43 KB) Youth explore how to protect their skin while applying pesticides.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Flowers Project. Just follow these links!

Florida 4-H Horticultural Identification and Judging Study Manual
Tips on how to correctly identify and judge ornamentals.

Garden Gate
Whether you call them houseplants, indoor plants, tropicals or greenhouse plants, you can learn how to grow each properly.

Garden Web Glossary
The Garden Web Glossary of Botanical Terms currently contains 4400 terms relating to botany, gardening, horticulture and landscape architecture.

National Junior Horticultural Association
Promotes educational programs for youth through projects and activities that foster a better understanding of horticulture.

New Jersey Weed Gallery
Gallery of photos and descriptions of the most common weeds, including each weed’s common and Latin names.

New York Botanic Garden
This garden site offers the nation’s largest and most diverse education program providing information ranging from gardening, landscaping, horticultural therapy, and commercial horticulture, to botanical art, floral design, and botany.

Purdue University
Service of the Consumer Horticulture Program at Purdue University.

University of Illinois Horticulture Fact Sheets
Short publications written by faculty and staff of the University of Illinois Extension and University of Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture
The most complete source of urban horticulture information for Wisconsin on the Internet, including information on landscape, turf, flowers, fruits, vegetables and pests. Also includes links to many horticultural sites.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Floriculture
Guide to links for several flowers-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H Plants Identification Page
Close-up photos to help you identify many plants, including flowers and indoor plants . . . from African violets to zinnias.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Master Gardener Program
Have a question, looking for the perfect gardening book, or want to check out some gardening in cyberspace? This site has lots of links for more information in Wisconsin.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Flowers Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on growing flowers.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Chuck Prissel