Heritage Junior Master Gardeners celebrate holidays at monthly meeting

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The Heritage Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) celebrated the holidays with a Christmas party and December meeting recently where they made pomander balls with oranges and whole cloves. The group learned the difference between herbs and spices at the event.

Since it was National Chocolate Brownie Day, they served brownies. They had a homemade cookie exchange, held a gift exchange to a Night Before Christmas reading, and learned to stratify their bluebonnet and wildflower seeds in sand. They planted them in their garden at the Marie Workman Center on Spreading Oaks in Friendswood.

While in their gardening area, they harvested vegetables and went home to make “salad.”

The group and their parents will go to Moody Gardens Christmas Lights tour Dec. 19.

The Heritage Junior Gardener program is popular in Friendswood and is modeled after the Texas Master Gardener program through Texas A&M Agrilife. The program is often called JMG Kids. Participants in the program work to earn certification.

Certification represents approximately three years of creative, fun study and activities in horticultural and environmental science education. The program teaches leadership and life skills development in addition to community service.

Kaye Corey is the Master Gardener JMG teacher.

Story by Karolyn Gephart