The Orchard Valley Garden Club (OVGC) of Southington were honored with two awards at the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut meeting in October. The local garden club received the Luckner Youth Award and the Pamela C. Hebert Garden of Youth Award, which is a New England regional award.
The awards were a result of OVGC partnership projects with students at Genevieve’s Teaching Garden Club at Thalberg Elementary School, which is currently in its fourth year. The Thalberg club is made up of fourth and fifth grade students, under the leadership of teachers Linda Reilly and Tony Arru with Irene Langlais as the OVGC chairperson.
Students in the club give up their recess twice each week to participate in the garden and various club projects. The primary goal of the school garden program is to have students glean knowledge of gardening through participation in planning, planting, maintaining a garden, and learning sustainable practices such as composting and organic garden care.
The club also has various indoor winter projects, including floral design, bird identification and bird feeders, starting plants from seed, and creating greeting cards from photos of their garden.