Derby Junior Garden Club Impresses OAGC Members
contributed by Ken Jungeberg
Like other destinations on the 2016 OAGC Convention Garden Tour, Stop #2 had some beautiful, unique and interesting gardens to view. But this stop boasted something none of the others could – it was all created and presented by junior gardeners, members of the Derby Junior Garden Club in Region 9.
These young gardeners, ages 4 to 18, under the adult supervision of Derby Garden Club (Region 9) members and other community volunteers plant and maintain their own vegetable and flower gardens at the local township hall in Derby, Ohio.
They meet once a week during the growing season to tend the gardens and get practical experience in preparing the vegetables and presenting the flowers. Garden tour visitors not only got to inspect the gardens but were also treated to kale chips, spinach pizza and strawberry punch made from the garden bounty.
And even more impressive than the gardens were the junior gardeners themselves. These kids were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and in full ownership of the process. It was not unusual to see the junior gardeners leading adults on tours through the gardens.
Hats off to the Derby Garden Club and the Derby Junior Garden Club for their great work! Their example would make a good template for other OAGC members interested in starting a junior garden club in their region. For additional information, contact Wilma Beerman at (614) 565-5698.