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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Since 2002 the Junior Gardeners Program has grown in popularity to where it is now run annually in several area schools each spring. In 2017, six schools participated: the Stewart School, Queen Elizabeth Public School, and St. John Catholic Elementary School in Perth, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School and Maple Grove in Lanark. A total of 191 students in 10 different Grade 3 classrooms were led by 20 volunteers.

The six-week program introduces students to proper growing techniques, soil types, and composting, along with hands-on experience 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 plants the following week. The children take care of their own strawberry container in which they’ve planted marigold and tomato seeds. Over the course of the program, 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; and in time for Mother’s Day, they make a flower arrangement in a tuna can with greenery and cut flowers to take home.

We are very lucky to receive donations from generous “Community Sponsors” like Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, Barnabe’s YIG, Brownlee’s Metro, Brown Shoe Company, Sweet Pea’s Fresh Flowers, and Inter Alia Images Design. And, 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: Karen Kristine coordinated the classroom teachers and volunteers; Linda Bartlett ordered the flowers for the Mother’s Day arrangements at wholesale cost; Barb Michie generously donated the proceeds from her seed packages; and Edith Lepine, Robin McIntosh, Ruth Nelson and Janette Wood nurtured some 200+ plants for the “Library”.

Thank you to all PDHS members who help with this program: collecting Canadian Tire money which we use to purchase planting soils and seeds, and donating cuttings for starting “Plant Library” plants, strawberry containers, Styrofoam trays, tuna cans, yogurt containers and succulent plants 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 children and tomorrow’s gardeners. The feedback we receive every year from students, parents, and teachers is that this is a valued community service!

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 for an hour, once a week for six weeks from the beginning of April to mid-May.