Kids enjoy country life at Jessy’s Garden

Matt Gardner
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Area children got a first-hand view of life out in the country on Saturday as Jessy’s Garden held its second annual Children’s Planting Day.

Kids play around a box filled with soil during the second annual Children’s Planting Day, which took place on Saturday at Jessy’s Garden.

Building on the success of last year’s event, co-owners Bonny and Mel Sanderson are keen to make Children’s Planting Day a yearly tradition for local tots and their parents.

“City kids, a lot of them haven’t seen the country. They’ve never planted anything,” Bonny Sanderson said. “So this is just part of what we do out here at the gardens.”

Taking place at the charitable garden, which is located approximately 21 kilometres east of Prince Albert, the event served as a chance for city kids to get closer to nature.

“We’ve just invited the community to bring their little people out and to paint a rock and have a barbecue with us, plant a sunflower seed, blow some bubbles, get their faces painted and just enjoy being in the country for the day,” Sanderson said.

A sandbox was also planned for the children, but a delay in the arrival of the sand led to the improvised use of soil as a replacement.

Besides its artistic value, the rock-painting activity allows the kids to monitor the progress of the sunflower seeds they plant by placing their rock close nearby.

City kids, a lot of them haven’t seen the country. They’ve never planted anything. Bonny Sanderson

For Sanderson, giving the kids a chance to watch their plants develop over the season represents the heart of what Children’s Planting Day is about.

“A lot of people ask why we do this,” she said.

“It’s to celebrate the child -- celebrate being alive and the growth of life in the gardens, (so) that these little people can come back whenever they need in the summer and just see how things are progressing.”

Further imparting the value of exploring nature on the children, families who attended the event were given free rein to explore the property as they wished.

Turnout on Saturday represented a significant leap over last year’s attendance.

“Last year, our turnout was 30,” Sanderson said. “This year I’m overwhelmed.”

By noon, she noted, attendance had already matched last year’s total turnout.

“People are just coming and going, and it’s just a beautiful day for us to enjoy this.”

Organizations: Prince Albert

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