From our spot down by the First Lady’s garden, the ASPB booth celebrated plants with the happy youngsters and families who visited during each of the five, 2-hour visitor shifts (~3,000 ticketed entries per shift). They came to the ASPB booth to:
- create a mini-garden cup necklace of lettuce, radishes or carrots – like in the First Lady’s garden
- talk about how plants keep themselves and all living things healthfully hopping along each day
- collect a copy of My Life as a Plant
- poke their face through the photo op banner for a plant-tastic photo
See below for a few insights from and all of the names of the many ASPB volunteers who helped youngsters celebrate the importance of plants (even vegetables!) to our daily lives. And enjoy the event gallery here: [tribulant_slideshow gallery_id=”12″]
It was a pleasure to interact with so many children and see how they are interested in plants and, yes, healthy foods.
~Julian Schroeder, ASPB Immediate Past President
The children were very excited to grow garden necklaces. We took the time to ask each child if they knew what plants need to grow (air, soil, sun, and water) and I was impressed that many of them could tell me! It was also fun when they came to the booth and exclaimed, “Oh, I made these last year!” You could tell it was a hit! What a great experience! ~Natalie Henkhaus, ASPB Staff
It was incredibly rewarding to see this excitement in all of the kids. And, I was really impressed that so many of them already knew the basic things plants need to grow and actually have their own gardens at home. I’d love to [volunteer] again next year! ~ Stephanie Klein, Penn State University
Many of our enthusiastic young visitors knew at least three things that plants needed to grow (air was the tricky 4th component). We had some return visitors from last year who said that their plants grew great and they were excited to grow something again this year. Parents were excited, too, including a few players from the Washington Redskins who enthusiastically joined their children in creating Garden necklaces. Watching 6’6″ offensive tackle Morgan Moses sprinkle lettuce seeds into a cup was entertaining. ~Molly Hanlon
Thank you, Volunteers!
ASPB celebrates these amazing volunteers from our membership*, Society leadership** and our plant-interested community***:
…and staff helped, too!
Stephanie Liu Kuan