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Junior garden club being organized

| March 6, 2015
Organizers: Pictured from left are Sandy McCullough, Kathy Adams and Becky Alford. They are members of Town and Country Garden Club, which is working with The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs to start a Junior Garden Club. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Organizers: Pictured from left are Sandy McCullough, Kathy Adams and Becky Alford. They are members of Town and Country Garden Club, which is working with The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs to start a Junior Garden Club. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and Town and Country Garden Club are working together to get area youth involved in gardening.

“We want to teach children to care and preserve for our natural resources so we don’t lose the dying art of gardening,” said Sandy McCullough, president of The Town and Country Garden Club.

The Junior Garden Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Keene Elementary School in the cafeteria beginning March 19. The club is open to children from throughout the county who are ages 6-18. Parents or guardians also are welcome to attend the meetings.

“The meetings will be educational and hands-on with a small craft to go along with what we talk about,” McCullough said.

Club members will learn about planting, caring for, beautification of, and harvesting plants, enjoy refreshments, take field trips and work on a community service project. No dues are required, but there may be a minimal fee for field trips and supplies.

“We want to make it fun so they will invite their friends to come back with them,” McCullough said.

She will lead the junior gardeners with Kathy Adams and Becky Alford, who also belong to Town and Country Garden Club, but the children also will learn from guest speakers and other members of the adult club.

“I’m excited to work with the kids,” Adams said. “I hope they learn that gardening is fun.”

Alford agreed with Adams.

“Gardening is relaxing,” she said. “It’s very therapeutic to be out there and see the butterflies and humming birds.”

Junior Garden Club members also will have the chance to participate in state contests and possibly earn scholarships.

To learn more about the club or to register, call McCullough at 622-7358 or 502-2077.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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