Junior Master Gardeners, a nationally recognized organization, is in its third year of operation at Addison Elementary School. A group of 18 fifth graders and three teachers, who are certified Cobb County Master Gardeners, meet Fridays after school . The Southern Horticultural Society invited the Addison students to exhibit in the 2009 Southeastern Flower Show as a form of celebration of learning.
The focus of the Addison entry was the five geographic regions of Georgia. Students diligently investigated the flora and fauna, the type of soils, and the topography of their selected region. The Georgia Native Plant Society graciously donated live plants native to each of the regions. Students scoured their miniature trains sets and animal collections for props that would be in proportion to the plants in their regional scapes. They even braved record breaking January temperatures to create their planters in the likeness of antique English troughs. Armed with warm jackets and hoes, they mixed cement, perlite, and peat moss to fashion their faux stone planters. Their miniature landscapes came to life with such additions as a miniature Stone Mountain, Spanish moss draped Cypress trees, and of course, the Big Chicken. The fruition of their labors was appreciated by both novice and professional gardeners who attended the flower show that was held at the Galleria from Wednesday, January 28th through Sunday, February 1st. Addison’s Junior Master Gardeners were honored with first place in the Youth Division and the prestigious “First Lady of Georgia Award”.