[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1471633008692{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1471632072516{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”text-left”]My dad was given his own garden plot when he was 4 years old. At 83 years, dad continues to find meaning and purpose through gardening. Some of my most peaceful childhood memories include taking walks in nature. Plants and animals intrigued me.

At an early age, children can learn to garden and enjoy nature’s beauty. Some children show a strong inclination and passion for the natural world. Children have many different learning styles. “Naturalist” is a recognized learning style in Multiple Intelligence Research. These children have the ability to discriminate among living things, as well as a sensitivity to nature.

Gardening is a beneficial activity to do with children. They can plant seeds and care for them. Growing a garden encourages children to eat healthier. Children learn where their food comes from. If they are involved in growing their own veggies they are more likely to eat them. Gardening teaches virtues like patience and delayed gratification. Gardening gives children a sense of accomplishment. Math, science, and literacy are part of gardening.

Did you know the Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) offers a “Junior Gardeners” program? Children ages 6-14 years come together to learn about gardening and begin gardening with their families. At the end of the summer, they create a scarecrow and awards are given out at our Annual November Potluck Dinner. Call Judy Jeffery (905) 701-4656 or Margaret Bottrell (289) 683-8850 if you have kids or grandkids who might be interested in joining.

For the “young at heart” but “mature in years” we offer monthly programs which are free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike. DHS people are fun and friendly folks willing to share their gardening knowledge, secrets, and even blunders. On Thursday, June 16 guest Frank Kershaw from Etobicoke, will be speaking on “Recycled and Repurposed Garden Art” at the Optimist Hall from 7-9pm. Frank is a sought after speaker and member of many garden clubs.

“We’re the best kept secret around.” says Keith Bak, a great supporter and member of DHS.

Debbie Thomas, President (905) 774-3064 & Deb Zynomirski, Vice President (905) 774-8453 are always eager to hear from you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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