Budding young gardeners take up the challenge

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THE Children’s Workshop Event at the weekend was a roaring success, with some 130 youngsters turning up at the Kirktown Garden Centre to plant their very own giant sunflower seed and join in the fun of trying to grow the tallest sunflower.

This was the launch of Stonehaven Gardening Club’s new annual event aimed at introducing children to gardening.

This fun event, which is to run throughout the summer months in conjunction with the club’s summer garden competition, is a challenge to all budding young gardeners. The tallest sunflower category of the competition, which is restricted to children aged four to 11, is open to individual entrants or groups from schools and clubs.

The competition, with prizes for first, second and th8ird will be judged mid-August. There are only two rules, the plant must be a single stem and grown in a pot no larger than 33 cm in diameter. The world record for the tallest sunflower currently stands at 8.3 metres that’s approximately three metres higher than a double deck bus. To beat that would be something, but can you grow the tallest sunflower within the Stonehaven and District area?

It’s not too late, plant your seed now and look out for the Summer Garden Competition entry form which is to be appear in a future edition of the Mearns Leader. Alternatively, guidance notes and an entry form are available from John Shinnie, tel: 01569 764758.