LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, Lexington Park Unit, and G. W. Carver Elementary School, in conjunction with Maryland Cooperative Extension and St. Mary's County Public Schools, were selected from more than 650 children's gardening programs nationwide to receive a Youth Garden Grant from the National Gardening Association in Burlington, Vermont. The award-winning youth gardening programs received an assortment of educational books, and each school received a $250 gift card from Home Depot.
"The National Gardening Association is proud to support these terrific kids' gardens," said president Michael Matello. "These programs were selected because of a demonstrated commitment to actively and creatively engage youth in the gardening process and to improving the community."
The school gardens are "outdoor classrooms" where students will study science, the environment and nutrition and learn useful gardening skills. Master Gardener Volunteers from St. Mary's County will help plant and maintain the gardens.