Sugar Land Garden Club presents donation to Fort Bend County Master Gardeners

Pictured from the left are Connie Shockley, Ginny Grant, Peggy d’Hemecourt, Marilyn Scanlin and JoBeth Moore.

Pictured from the left are Connie Shockley, Ginny Grant, Peggy d’Hemecourt, Marilyn Scanlin and JoBeth Moore.

Sugar Land Garden Club (SLGC) has donated $500 to the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners (FBMG) to support their youth programs.

In line with the SLGC’s objectives of enhancing knowledge and appreciation of garden-related subjects, the award was made to further school garden educational programs in Fort Bend County. JoBeth Moore, president of SLGC, along with Marilyn Scanlin presented the check to FBMG president Peggy d’Hemecourt, Connie Shockley, school gardens chair, and Ginny Grant, youth activities director.

The youth efforts of the FBMG include school garden programs (including the “Learn, Grow, Eat & GO!” program of the Junior Master Gardener organization); scout badge events (a one-day event in partnership with the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council), garden focused 4-H Clubs, and Earth-Kind Kids Kamp (a week-long day camp for ages 8-11 focused on garden and environment related topics).

The FBMG have assisted two schools in Fort Bend County recently that adopted the Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! program: Jane Long Elementary and Polly Ryon Middle School. They have also been involved with other schools in the County in advising and assisting teachers with school gardens and providing related educational programs: Dulles Elementary, Rosa Park Elementary, Townewest Elementary, Quail Valley Elementary, and Seven Lakes Junior High School.

SLGC is a nonprofit organization and has educational speakers on a variety of garden topics, meeting the third Tuesday of the month, August to November and January to April. The meetings are free and open to the public. The club also supports local gardening projects as well as funding two scholarships for horticultural students.

For more information, visit sugarlandgardenclub.org/ or fbmg.org/; http://jmgkids.us/.

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