Junior Gardeners

The Junior Gardeners’ program is open to the children and grandchildren of Acton Garden Club members. This group has been dedicated to promoting educational projects that strive to teach children a love of gardening, an appreciation of nature’s beauty, and the value and protection of our natural resources. The group environment provides a forum in which to teach children responsibility toward civic beautification and methods of cultivation and utilization of plants to enhance our quality of life.

March 2009 - Horticulture

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, the AGC Junior Gardeners gathered to create indoor herb planters. Each child selected a 6" pot complete with seed starter soil and their choice of rosemary, cilantro or parsley seeds. The children decorated their planters with various paint colors and all sorts of unique designs. The project was followed by tasty snacks and hot apple cider. What a fun way to usher in spring!

January 2009 - Floral Design

On Thursday, January 22, 2009, the AGC Junior Gardeners gathered at Winston Flowers in Concord Center for a "behind the scenes" tour. Our tour guide, Winston's sales manager, explained the process she went through when being interviewed to be hired by Winston's and the day-long "audition". She talked about spring-flowering bulbs, showed us a boxed shipment of hyacinths which came direct from Holland, and explained the customs process. The smallest damage, or insect, can cause an entire shipment to be rejected by US Customs! She spoke about the roses that Winton's imports from South America and explained to us why they do not have a noticeable scent. The adults and junior gardeners toured the showroom and asked lots of questions about various potted plants and unique flowers in the many arrangements. We watched as one of the designers created Winston's famous "gathered arrangement" and were told it always includes 3 types of flowers and 2 types of texture. Back in the workroom, the children were able to tour the 37-degree walk-in cooler! Each child was sent home with a small glass holder and paperwhite bulb for forcing, a blooming paperwhite stem, orchid flowers to float, and a giant pinecone left over from the holidays for which the kids can use to make bird feeders! What a treat for both the AGC adults and children alike!

November 2008 - Garden Therapy

On Wednesday, November 26, 2008, the AGC Junior Gardeners gathered for some pre-Thanksgiving Day cheer at the Inn at Robbins Brook in Acton. The Junior Gardeners assisted the residents in preparing floral centerpieces for the Inn's Thanksgiving Day tables. The residents and Junior Gardeners created beautiful table arrangements using vibrant-colored mums and greens, and once completed, carried them together to the dining room to place on tables.

October 2008 - Floral Design

On Thursday, October 16, 2008, the Junior Gardeners met for their first meeting of the new school year. The meeting included a fall floral design workshop incorporating pumpkins and fresh flowers in vibrant fall colors. Each child selected a pumpkin to use as the "vase" for their arrangement, inserted oasis, and began designing their floral creation. Acton Garden Club parents and grandparents took turns giving floral design tips to the children. Each child created their own unique floral arrangement to take home and share with their family.

Gardening with Young People

The Gardening with Young People program has been activated in rotation with the Junior Gardener program. Four times per year, different groups of young people from the Acton-Boxborough community are invited to participate in a hands-on educational project involving the following interests: horticulture, floral design, conservation, civic beautification and garden therapy. The Gardening with Young People committee provides assistance and funding, if necessary. In the past, the committee has worked with cub scouts, brownies, schools, and the Acton Memorial Library Children's department. Although our Gardening with Young People program is currently inactive, we hope to renew this program in the near future.

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