“Blessed garden” welcoming youth on Saturday

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Paige (left) and Katie Gorsalitz paint rocks to mark where they will be planting their mammoth sunflower seeds at Jessy's Garden during last year’s Children’s Planting Day. 

Located about 21 kilometres east of Prince Albert down Highway 302, Jessy’s Garden is welcoming youth to their second-annual Children’s Planting Day on Saturday.

 

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the charitable garden is encouraging parents to bring their children to introduce them to the art of gardening.

“Things are looking great around here and we’re happy,” garden co-owner Bonny Sanderson said of this year’s garden effort, adding that it’s always a positive experience for young visitors.

“They’re in nature,” she summarized. “They’re noticing more things around them and they have cleaner air to breathe than in the city.”

Faces will be painted, bubbles will be blown and youth will have a sandbox to play in.

They’re noticing more things around them and they have cleaner air to breathe than in the city. Bonny Sanderson

Every child will also be encouraged to plant a sunflower and paint a rock that will identify their sunflower for subsequent visits to the garden, so they can see what one small seed can produce.

Referring to the garden as a “magical place,” Sanderson said that things continue to improve at the site, which has expanded this year from eight acres to 13.

Children’s Planting Day is free of charge to anyone who plans on attending from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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