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Scouts learn value of plants

by Staff Reporter
30 May 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

The First Athlone Scouts Group held a horticultural afternoon recently to foster awareness on the importance of indigenous plants.

Reggie Fester from the Gleemore Horticultural Society addressed cubs, scouts and their families at the event. He emphasised the importance of informing young people about local flora.

"If we don't do something about the dying out of indigenous plants in our area, then our children are going to suffer," Fester said.

Fester said although the clivia plant was indigenous to Gleemore, Japan was making up to R45 000 per plant, "because we don't have the passion for gardening and plants needed to make a successful business out of gardening".

He also discussed topics such as water-wise gardening and how a nice garden could increase the value of one's home.

"A garden can also help you become more aware of your surroundings," Fester informed the children.

Gail Meder, who coordinated the event, said, "We are looking at creating awareness in the area and if it sparks the interest of the community, hope to host these types of talks quarterly".

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