Families celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and environmental awareness on March 11 with several activities, including planting a seedling to take home and grow and learning about ways they can practice sustainability. Master Gardener Angela Holliman demonstrated the cycle of Jacksonville’s watershed and how it can be affected by pollution. Many pollutants can get caught in this cycle! A watershed is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean.

Afterward, a St. Patrick’s Day storybook was read, then the children made crafts out of recycled materials and enjoyed a snack.

This Budding Gardeners program was sponsored by the Alderman Park Garden Circle.

Budding Gardeners is aimed at children in grades 1-6 to discover gardening, conservation, and wildlife through interactive programs, crafts, and outdoor projects. Children and their parents or caregivers collaborate during a morning of healthy and fun activities.

Look for more Budding Gardeners programs on the Garden Club events page here.