Second and third-graders from Southwood Elementary School got the opportunity to get their hands dirty Thursday in the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Youth Garden.

Second and third-graders from Southwood Elementary School got the opportunity to get their hands dirty Thursday in the Jefferson County Master Gardeners Youth Garden.

Each year, students from schools throughout Jefferson County get the opportunity to visit the garden to plant vegetables. And if all goes well, they get to return a couple of months later for harvest.

During a visit to the Youth Garden, students plant vegetables and take a tour of the butterfly garden, where a Master Gardener explains to them the life cycle of the butterfly and the effectiveness of butterflies and bees in a vegetable garden.

They also make a stop in the herb garden, where they get to experience the scent of the different herbs.

The Jefferson County Master Gardeners has been in existence since 1986 and the youth garden since 1996.