Garden tour both educational and fun

Jamie Heap
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Thirteen-year-old Grade 8 RHDH student Avery Beaton proudly displays the free pumpkin she received from the fall garden of Maureen and Gordon Glennie in appreciation for her participation in the inaugural River Hebert Garden Tour. Jamie Heap - The Citizen

RIVER HEBERT – Beautiful autumn weather and even more beautiful gardens helped to make the inaugural River Hebert Garden Tour a success; the event took place between 1 and 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 18 and included four participating local and organic gardens.

“It was a great way to meet new people while supporting locally grown and organic foods,” said Su Morin, who made the event a reality.

Some of the more unique items growing in Morin’s and Andy Hinners garden include tall sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes.

Pam Harrison, her grandchild, Madison Harrison, and her best friend, Sydney Fage, were very impressed at what they saw. especially liked “the bright flowers (Zinnie Pinks) because they’re really pretty and stand out.”

Earle McNairn possesses a “lot of knowledge about the history of growing foods in our area, such as the growing of turnips up and down the River Hebert River,” said Morin.

Daniel (Sandy) Sanderson, who stated that he had been growing foods organically in his garden since 1984, said that the garden tour “is a good way to go for kids and students growing up” and that it is important “to get kids early, pique their interests.”

Gordon and Maureen Glennie’s “fall garden” boasts carrots, squash, beans, beets, cabbage and, of course, pumpkins, one of which must have weighed “75-80 lbs.,” according to Mr. Glennie.

“You couldn’t have picked a better day; it’s just beautiful.” said Lower Maccan’s Susan Beaton.

Her daughter Avery was “very happy about her free pumpkin” that was given to her by Maureen Glennie.

Morin, who received a “steady stream of visitors all afternoon,” said that next year (2011) the garden tour would be held earlier than this year.

She offered special thanks to Hellman’s for supporting the “Real Food Movements” as the inaugural River Hebert Garden Tour.

Geographic location: River Hebert River, Jerusalem

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