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Convention garden tour spotlight

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.

OAGC visitors at the Derby Junior Garden Club gardens. Note that the signs on each garden box indicate the private/corporate sponsor for that box.
OAGC visitors at the Derby Junior Garden Club gardens. Note that the signs on each garden box indicate the private/corporate sponsor for that box.

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.

Advisor Mary Ann Core with a group of Junior Gardeners.
Advisor Mary Ann Core with a group of Junior Gardeners.

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.

Bette Jungeberg from Liberty Garden Club receives a tour from two junior gardeners. In addition to the group garden boxes each gardener has their own colorful “tire garden”.
Bette Jungeberg from Liberty Garden Club (Reg. 4) receives a tour from two junior gardeners. In addition to the group garden boxes each gardener has their own colorful “tire garden”.

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.

Entranceway to the garden is lined with repurposed boot and shoe planters made by the junior gardeners.
Entranceway to the garden is lined with repurposed boot and shoe planters made by the junior gardeners.

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.

Derby Junior Garden Club with advisors pose for a group photo. Special thanks to Wilma Beerman (front row, center) for her enthusiastic promotion of this organization.
Derby Junior Garden Club with advisors pose for a group photo. Special thanks to Wilma Beerman (front row, center) for her enthusiastic promotion of this organization.