Growing a generation of gardeners

The Long Hill Garden Club is dedicated to growing a generation of gardeners. In collaboration with the Trumbull school system, this is the third year of this project, planned by the Conservation Committee. Each fall the club plants a native tree at each elementary school dedicated to the first graders. The students visit the tree frequently and journal seasonal changes and growth.

For two years the members have volunteered at the Madison Middle School to instruct students in horticulture and gardening while they are rejuvenating one of their court yards.

Recently completed is a new program with the Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center (TECEC). The purpose at TECEC is to introduce children to gardening and the world of nature. Volunteers from the club worked with the two 3-year-old classes of Heatherly Law and the two 4-yea-old classes of Todd Miller. Volunteers went to the four classes weekly from the end of March through the beginning of June.

Among nature sessions were classes on signs of the season, wind, butterflies and habitats. Garden sessions included planting seeds and plants, life cycles of plants and evergreens.