Noted garden designer and horticulturist, Gertrude Jekyll, once said, “The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” She should know because she created about 400 gardens in the UK, United States, and Europe in her time. Many such seeds were sown recently when Daisy Troop 50144 made a visit to the Greenhouse at Comstock Community Center, which is operated and maintained by Wilton Garden Club members.

Two of those Garden Club members, Linda Schmidt and Karen Murchison, gave a tour of the greenhouse to the 14 first graders. The girls gleefully explored the place and were particularly fascinated by the automated sprinkler system, which goes off every 20 minutes on the propagation bench.

“The girls were keen on sticking their heads in when it was time to spray!” Murchison commented.

The Daisy Troop learned various propagation methods for seeds and cuttings. For practice, they received a hands-on lesson on how to pot up a piece of jade from its “mother” plant and planted three nasturtium seeds in a separate container. They left the Greenhouse with two pots and an instruction sheet explaining proper care.

The lush greenhouse environs provided the Daisy troop with a visual example of the possible results of their efforts. Naturally, all good gardeners must get their hands dirty, and these future gardeners were no exception to that rule.

“They loved touching the slimy roots of the plants rooting in the water bath!” Schmidt said.

Not only did the Daisy troop earn a new Petal called “Respecting Ourselves and Others,” troop leaders Colleen Amero and Brenda Aversano were thrilled at how absorbed the girls were during their visit. “The girls are on the way to future gardening experiences because of what they learned today,” Amero remarked.

Hopefully, Jekyll’s quote will ring true for these future gardeners. After all, a garden can be a masterful teacher.

The Wilton Garden Club’s Mother’s Day Plant Sale will be held this Friday, May 10, from noon-6 p.m. and Saturday,
May 11, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine at Wilton’s Town Green. There will also be an early bird sale open to the public at the Club’s Greenhouse at Comstock Community Center on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. For more information visit the club online or on Facebook.