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Perth & District Horticultural Society
P.O. Box 494
Perth, ON
K7H 3G1
 
Robin McIntosh
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The Perth & District Horticultural Society is affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association

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Our society falls under District 2 of the OHA

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JUNIOR GARDENERS

Since 2002 the Junior Gardener Program has grown in popularity to where it is now run annually in five or six local schools each spring. In 2016 six area schools participated: the Stewart School, Queen Elizabeth Public School, and St. John Catholic Elementary School in Perth, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School in Lanark, Drummond Central School, and Glen Tay Public School. A total of 173 students in eight separate Grade 3 classrooms were led by 18 volunteers.

The six-week-long program introduces students to proper growing techniques, soil types, and composting, along with hands-on experience of planting seeds, container gardening and flower arranging. Every week the children select a new plant from the “Plant Library” to observe and record findings in their journal and then exchange the following week. The children take care of their own strawberry container in which they’ve planted marigold and tomato seeds. In the following weeks they plant and decorate their own dish garden with succulent plants, stones, and little toys. They plant a seed potato in a yogurt container and are introduced to bulbs, corms, and tubers. The second to last week, they get to make a flower arrangement in a tuna can with greenery and cut flowers for Mother’s Day.

We are very lucky to receive donations from generous Community Sponsors like Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Metro, Brown Shoe Company, Sweet Pea’s Fresh Flowers, and Inter Alia Images Design. But of course, we couldn’t run this program without the generosity of so many Society members who donate materials and, most importantly, their time and expertise. Just to mention a few: Linda Bartlett gets the flowers for the Mother’s Day arrangements at wholesale cost; Barb Michie generously donates the proceeds she makes at Seedy Sunday to the Junior Gardeners Program; Kathy Allen collects shoe boxes from Brown’s Shoes used to package the finished flower arrangements; and Janet Cain, Ruth Nelson, Edith Lepine, and Robin McIntosh nurture some 180 plants for the “Library”.

Thank you to all our PDHS members who help with this program in ways big and small: collecting Canadian Tire money which we use to purchase planting soils and seeds; donating cuttings for starting “Plant Library” plants; and collecting strawberry containers, Styrofoam trays, tuna cans, yogurt containers, and succulent plants like hens and chicks for the dish gardens. A special Thank You to our dedicated volunteer teachers who devote a significant amount of time to the weekly sessions. Every one of you is making an important contribution to our youngsters' education and tomorrow’s gardeners. The feedback we have received every year from students, parents, and teachers is that this is a valued community service!

Finally, a fond farewell to Janet Cain who has relocated to the Carleton Place area. She single-handedly led the Junior Gardener Program for more than ten years and was a valued guide and mentor to those who have followed. A very sincere thank you, Janet, you will be missed.

If you would like to be a part of this rewarding effort, please speak to one of the PDHS Board members at our monthly meetings. The Junior Gardeners’ Program runs once a week for six weeks from the beginning of April to mid-May.