The Junior Garden Club started in 1946 is celebrating 71 years!
The Omemee and District Horticultural Society (O.D.H.S.) sponsors the Junior Garden Club, providing an opportunity for many children to learn about taking care of the earth by planting, growing and caring for their own garden patch. It was started by Wesley Wilson in 1946 and has run continuously serving the children of the Community.
The Juniors are divided into four age groups:
- Sprouts – JK&SK (ages 4 and 5)
- Seedlings – Gr. 1 &2 (ages 6 and 7)
- Buds – Gr. 3&4 (ages 8 and 9)
- Bloomers – Gr. 5 and up. (ages 10 and up)
This yearly club starts in May and ends in October and has 3 meetings during the year.
At the spring meeting, the leaders meet with the juniors who have registered through their school or family membership, and have a two hour session of garden and craft activities. Children take home their seeds to plant in their own gardens. What a boost of confidence they feel when they are responsible for the planting, weeding, watering and harvesting of their very own crops!
They also have the fun of competing in the Youth Section of the O.D.H.S. August show for cash prizes and awards when they enter their vegetables, flowers, crafts and designs in their own age category. There is always great excitement to see how much prize money each one received.
At the awards ceremony, proud parents and grandparents are on hand to take photos and share in the accomplishments of their children. The evening of celebration usually ends with everyone enjoying some delicious refreshments at the annual show at the Omemee Legion.
The last get-together is held in October to enjoy a morning of garden-related craft ideas and a snack. Then the junior group “hibernates for the winter.”
Junior Club Report for 2017
There were 19 children registered in 2017 ranging in age from to 3 to 15 years old (11 girls and 9 boys).
There were 6 new gardeners and 13 returning gardeners. The children were divided into 4 groups –Sprouts, Seedlings, Buds and Bloomers.
First Junior Event for 2017
On Sat. June 3, 2017 at Trinity United Church, Omemee 13 children gathered to learn about gardening, which included transplanting Marigolds from cell packs to pots. The children were also given some seeds to start indoors in empty toilet tissue rolls filled with soil in small yogurt containers. Linda Jenkins also demonstrated how to grow edible greens in a shallow dish.
The youngest groups Sprouts and Seedlings made Butterfly and Bee Finger Puppets. They also made a tree decoration from an old CD. The Buds and the Bloomers made wind chimes and painted rocks.
Half way through we had a break and everyone stopped for a snack of fresh fruit and drinks. All the children went home with a package containing information on Bees, how to make a Fairy Garden and to grow mini greens. They also received more seeds to plant at home. To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, each child was given a flag or a pin.
Second Junior Event for 2017
Due to the constant rain and busy activity times for the children, it was hard to find a date that would work for everyone to be involved. On Wed. June 14th colourful annuals were planted in the Foodland Planter Box. Only a handful of children were on hand to participate. Fresh soil and mulch were added to the planter. Linda Jenkins, Youth Leader and her husband Richard designed, purchased and installed a special sign to mark this Junior Butterfly/Pollinator garden.
Third Junior Event for 2017
At the August Flower Show at the Legion, the Junior Garden club held their yearly Competition and Awards Ceremony. Our special guest for the evening was Matthew Hutchinson, Super Twist, who made a special balloon for each child who was present.
Eight children entered the August Show. $68 was given out in prizes.
There was only 1 child registered in the Buds group and she went up to compete in the Bloomers group. Only 1 child entered things in the Seedling group.
Winners of the Awards and Medallions for 2016
|Kyle Darling||Most Creative entries and also earned 3 first prizes in his show entries.|
|Cecelia Darling||Most points in the Show|
|Jace Byrne||Rikki Brannigan Award||Moved up a level to compete with the oldest group|
|Class A – SPROUTS||Best in Show||Colton Windrem –Flower Pie-made with fresh flowers.|
|Judge’s Choice||Cameron Ormiston -Rocks made to look like a snake painted and glued together.|
|Class D -BLOOMERS||Best in Show||Rileigh Darling –Arrangement-with fresh flowers|
|Judge’s Choice||Kyle Darling –Canada 150 sign made with twigs on a wooden plaque from recycled material|
Fourth Junior Event for 2017
A small group of junior gardeners arrived at Trinity Church Hall for two hours of making age appropriate Crafts, and planting slips and examining different kinds of seeds. The children worked hard and enjoyed a nutritious snack of fresh fruit and water. They went home with a box of treasures. There were divided into 2 groups. They examined seed pods and took home pots planted with some rooted African Violet leaves, Beatles Perennial sedge in pots to care for. They made a couple of spooky Hallowe’en crafts.
Linda and Heather would thank the children, parents and Senior Hort. members who were in attendance and helping and taking photos at the various events in 2017.
Attendance: The weather was a big factor in the timing of the planting due to the cool temperatures and the abundance of rain. There were fewer success stories in the growing of vegetables this year.
Respectively submitted by Youth Leaders
Linda Jenkins & Heather Grassie