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Growing interest with today’s youth

May 13, 2013

Five-year old Wyatt Smith, above, had a great time digging in the dirt to pot a plant at the annual Children’s Greenhouse Day at Village Green Saturday.

There are few absolutes in life, but one of those is kids like to get dirty — very dirty, if possible.

Children got the chance to do just that Saturday at the annual Children’s Greenhouse Day at the Village Green Floral and Garden Center in Wapakoneta. The cooler temperatures did nothing to stop the kids from coming out.

Co-owner Gretchen Sheely said the business holds the annual event to get children interested in gardening at a young age.

“We are just trying to get the kids’ hands in the dirt,” Sheely said. “We had tons of kids come out even with the cold weather. They seem to enjoy it and are having a lot of fun.”

Children had the opportunity to pick out three flowers and were given a pot to put them in. The children filled the pot with soil and then put their plant in and filled the pot the rest of the way in with the soil.

Playtime in the large pile of topsoil brought smiles to each kid’s face as they potted their plant. Village Green offered the plants for $1 each.

The overwhelming majority of the children said the plants would be given to their mothers for Mother’s Day the following day.

“It was fun,” 5-year old Wyatt Smith said. “I got to pick out the flowers and get a bow and sign a card. I will give it to my mom.”

Children also could get their face painted at the event.

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