A Juniors-Only show?

October 15, 2010
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Categories: Growing Daffodils, Planting, Show Results, Youth

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I had the unique opportunity to speak to a class of 2-4th graders the other day. The 48 students interviewed me for 1.5 hours on daffodils with very thoughtful and well-prepared questions. I’m working on figuring out how to present this as an article for the Journal.
In the meantime, since I gave each of the 48 students a bag of daffodils (and a large bag to the school for public planting), it seems appropriate to talk to them about entering their daffodils in a show. I mentioned this to Linda Wallpe and she suggested having a show just for them at their school.
I suspect the teacher would be thrilled with the idea and we could certainly lend our show properties and judges for this purpose (and maybe one day have a whole new generation of ADS members and exhibitors).
Have any other groups done a juniors-only show at a local elementary school? I would be interested in any tips!
Bill Lee

 

3 responses to “A Juniors-Only show?”

  1. Peter and Lesley Ramsay says:

    Yes Bill, we have been doing this here for four years.  See the NDSNZ Website http://daffodil.org.nz/ and look under Daffodil Initiatives.  This is complete with some photos as well as classroom work and guidelines for mentors (there are four of us in different schools). If you require further help please let me know.  Two years ago we introduced a class for daffodils grown at home.  This year we had entries from 50 children!  All will get bulb prizes.  Three of our keenest Novice growers  plus one Mum are now regular exhibitors at our Shows.   The Principals of the schools love it and have commented “it’s now part of our School Culture!” The Northern Daffodil Club supports the project with a $500.00 Annual Grant.

    Peter

    Co-ordinator, Country Schools Daffodil Challenge.

  2. Melissa Reading says:


    Peter:
    I do hope that you will continue to copy Daffnet as you unfold details for Bill, since I imagine many of us would find it inspiring and interesting, and other initiatives might arise from the inspiration.
    Melissa

    At 10:56 PM 10/15/2010, plramsay wrote:

    Yes Bill, we have been doing this here for four years. See the NDSNZ Website http://www.daffodil.org.nz and look under Daffodil Initiatives. This is complete with some photos as well as classroom work and guidelines for mentors (there are four of us in different schools). If you require further help please let me know. Two years ago we introduced a class for daffodils grown at home. This year we had entries from 50 children! All will get bulb prizes. Three of our keenest Novice growers plus one Mum are now regular exhibitors at our Shows.   The Principals of the schools love it and have commented

  3. Bill Lee says:

    I just talked to one of the teachers at the school and she thinks having a show there is a terrific idea! The class I spoke with is second garders. That puts them in the 6-7 year-old category. They are planning teh schools’s new landscape and the teacher said it was amazing to see them all out on the grounds with ph-meters checking the soil!
    I encouraged them to get some of the nursery people to come talk to the class as well and that they might get some end-of-season tree and shrub donations. I’m also going to suggest they contact the daylily and hosta society people!

    Bill Lee