Gardeners teach campers about succulents


Members of the Port St. Joe Garden Club are continuing to engage with campers enrolled in the CareerSource Gulf Coast Summer Program held on the grounds of the Washington Recreation Center. Under the guidance of experienced gardeners, the youngsters gingerly planted succulents into colorful layers of sand to create miniature works of art.

At the invitation of camp director Lianna Sagins, garden club president Sarah Darden, assisted by Phyllis Goff, explained how succulents are different from most other green plants. With that information, the children learned the best way to tend to their new succulents was to water them sparingly and never water them more than once a week.
While absorbed in their activity, the curious gardeners came to understand that beach sand was not appropriate for any type of garden project. In fact, sand that is removed from the shore contributes to erosion and contains salts that are unsuitable for healthy container plants. Instead, they were encouraged to use play sand or construction sand that is both cheap and readily available.
The CareerSource Gulf Coast Summer Program is made possible due to the partnership between CareerSource Gulf Coast and the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation, the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners, the City of Port St. Joe and other community organizations. The goal of the program is to offer fun and educational activities, as well as nutritious hot meals and daily snacks for youth in Gulf County, ages 4-14. For more information about the CareerSource Gulf Coast Summer program contact 850-730-1440.
The mission of the PSJ Garden Club is to promote education about horticulture, conservation, and floral design. This group maintains three Blue Star markers to honor members of the United States Armed Services in addition to supporting beautification projects around Gulf County.
On Thursday, August 12, the garden club will host a Meet and Greet at the Garden Center, at 216 Eighth Street from 10 a.m. until noon ET. The public is cordially invited to mingle with garden club members over light refreshments. On Thursday, August 19, a similar gathering will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. ET for those who prefer a later time.
Attendees contemplating either event should RSVP to please.
To learn more, please visit the Port St. Joe Garden Club Facebook page. Please contact Sue Meyer at 513-504-1679 for details regarding the rental of the lovely and historic Garden Center. The venue accommodates up to 70 guests and is perfect for weddings, showers, and family reunions.


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