All second grade students in the Hudson City School district are eligible to become a member of Hudson Garden Club's Green Thumb Club.
Bronwyn Pierson, youth chairperson for the Hudson Garden Club, gave a presentation at Ellsworth Hill Elementary to all second grade students Feb. 25. She explained how to start a garden from seed and the benefits of growing flowers and vegetables.
The Green Thumb Club is free. The only requirement is the student plant a garden, grow a flower or a vegetable this summer.
The themes this year are "An Enchanted Garden," with miniature varieties of vegetables and flowers, a "Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden" which attracts the winged wildlife, and "George Washington at Mount Vernon Garden," offering plants grown by the country's first resident.
Each theme kit contains six packs of seeds and planting instructions. The cost is $2 per kit. Order forms are available at the Ellsworth Hill website or www.hudsongardenclub.org under community projects and should have been returned to their teachers by March 13 but may still enter by contacting Bronwyn Pierson at email@example.com.
After students grow their plants over the summer, they may bring them to the third grade Harvest Fair, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 13.