PDCCC program engages kids in gardening

Published 8:12 am Wednesday, June 30, 2010

FRANKLIN—Kids College at Paul D. Camp Community College has teamed up with the Western Tidewater Master Gardeners to offer 15 children horticultural and environmental education.

The theme for the weeklong program is “Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees.”

The idea of the program is for children age 7 through 10 to learn and be creative while promoting 4-H’s mission of science, engineering and technology.

The program engages children through various activities. Tuesday children learned about wildlife having a place in the garden and made butterfly baths. They also learned about herbs, including lemon balm and garlic, and planted their own herb gardens.

Master Gardeners and volunteers are helping to make this program fun and educational. Master Gardener Mary Catherine Foster and several others were there to assist the children in craft projects and potting the herbs on Tuesday.

Teri Zurfluh, the education program coordinator for Regional Workforce Development Center, said the class was a success last year and seems to be a favorite with the kids.

The children were very engaged and interacting with each other throughout the class, and answered many questions about soil, plants and animals.

Several kept asking “Are we going to do something messy next?”