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Youth Garden Club News

The Garden Club of Georgia encourages all of its adult clubs to sponsor Youth Garden Clubs—whether at the elementary, middle school or high school level. They can be affiliated with a school, church, neighborhood, or an established Scout group.

Members of the 5th Grade Garden Club at Sumter County Elementary School, sponsored by Mrs. Kristen, enjoy a presentation, discussion and hands-on creation of bird feeders and natural habitat creations. Members from the Dogwood Garden Club in Americus brought natural elements for bird and nature preservation to share with the students.
Youth Garden Clubs continue to grow in "Our Garden of Georgia," and sponsoring a Youth Club may be easier than you think. Programs should be tailored to the interest of the membership and to the grade level of the students. Once it is a registered member, the Youth Club can apply for awards and participate in GCG activities. Contact GCG Youth Chairman Linda Cobb at or
770-784-6634 for more information.

Quick Steps to Get Going

  • Work with an existing group such as a Scout troop or pack, school group, 4-H club, Sunday school, or synagogue class.
  • Meeting requirement minimum is five times per year.
  • Click here for registration form and photo and video release form .

A Few Program Ideas May Include

  • Flower designs: start simple and work up.
  • Participation in a Standard Flower Show.
  • Environmental concerns such as air quality, water conservation, litter and recycling. Have a discussion with artwork or a craft (rain sticks are fun!).
  • Sponsor a clean-up in your local area.
  • Participate in the annual Youth Poetry Contest or Smokey Bear/Woodsy Owl Poster Contest.
  • Create holiday or seasonal decor using fresh plant material found in the garden.
  • Start a herb program or bird program, or one about container gardening.
  • Look into Garden Therapy activities in your town.

Let's get Georgia's youth excited about gardening and help them grow in this beautiful Garden of Georgia!

Linda Cobb
GCG State Chairman, Youth Garden Clubs
PO Box 1048
Social Circle GA 30025

Junior Ranger E-Newsletter
GCG loves to partner with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in a variety of ways. Subscribe your young person to the Georgia Junior Ranger, a free e-newsletter from Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Junior Rangers read about nature and history, fun things to do in the outdoors, stories about Georgia's wildlife, a Cool Critter contest and more.

Blairsville Junior Garden Club Water Cleanup
Pictured at right are three members of the Blairsville Jr. Garden Club with one of the nine bushels of litter that the club collected recently at a local boat ramp. The juniors were amazed at the amount of litter they found. The club has studied the "GEORGIA! Keep It Green and Clean" video and booklet and a publication of the National Association of Conservation Districts' "Share the Water," which emphasizes the importance of keeping our water clear and clean.

Euharlee "Sprouts" Youth Garden Club Plant Bulbs
On Saturday, December 1, 2007, the Sprouts, of the Euharlee Youth Garden Club, planted bulbs at the Emmie Nelson Library Sign in Euharlee. They planted bulbs and pansies for the beautification of the area. This is one of their many projects. The youths are of all ages and from different schools in the area. They are sponsored by the Hoe'n in Euharlee Garden Club. The group was organized in November of 2007 and has been off to a great start. They have also made bird houses and donated one to the library.

Left photo, left to right front row: Courtney, Abigail, Bryant and Kylie. Left side of sign, front: Andrew and Skip. Left side of sign, back: Brooklynn, Maggie and Marlee. Right side of sign, front: adult organizer Betty Jane Tilley. Right side of sign, back: Chloe, Lauren, Sidney, and adult organizers Amanda Dempsey and Andi Tilley. Right photo: The Euharlee Sprouts and the adult leaders dig and plant bulbs.

"Bag a Bushel" with Hoe'n in Euharlee Garden Club Youth Sprouts
In keeping with GCG President Sara Lanier's anti-litter campaign, this youth garden club certainly has mounted an all out effort to pick up trash in Euharlee.

On this spring day in April, the Sprouts and adult leaders picked up 144.55 bushels of trash, which amounted to 800 pounds.

Roswell Garden Club joins the Junior Garden Club in Apron Painting

Center: A group of Roswell Garden Club members joins the Junior Garden Club members after they hung their painted aprons on the fence to dry. Right: Roswell Garden Club youth advisor Sandy Hanlon helps a youngster hand paint on his apron.

Youth Garden Clubs at Flower Shows

Pam Kuchler and Cheryl Hinderscheid of the Crabapple Garden Club with youth winners in "Color Me Beautiful," a Standard Flower Show, presented by the Gainesville Federated Garden Club Council on March 28-29, 2008. Trevor won first place in the 7-year-old division and took the Youth Top Award. Demetrius was the 6-year-old winner. They are members of the Crabapple Seedlings, the Junior Garden Club of Crabapple Garden Club.

A Camellia District youth club created this educational display on herbs and entered it at a flower show.

Sara from Conyers, Georgia, entered a floral design in the Yellow Daisy Flower Show—Daisy Dances Round the World at Stone Mountain. Her entry captured the theme when she wrote "I danced the YMCA in the shoes my Grandmother wore to dance . . ." and her design container was a pair of silver shoes. Sara was awarded several blue ribbons including the NGC Youth Award Ribbon.

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