Showing off their trophies and prizes as first place winners in the Laurentian Valley Junior Gardeners Competition (from left) are Verity Forget Mask (1-2 years), Xavia Forget (5-6 years), Riven Schilkie-White ((3-4 years), Aaryanna Forget (9+) and Mya Turcotte (7-8 years). Giving the thumbs up is Alastair Hugli who judged the competition.
Tina Peplinskie / jpg, PM
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Close to 50 youngsters showed off their green thumbs during the third annual Laurentian Valley Junior Gardeners Competition.The competition first started in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th and was offered to township residents only. Last year the competition was open to all children in the area.The participants, ranging in age from one to 13 years of age, had at least six weeks to nurture their plants provided by Sunset Nursery, which is located in the township. Alastair Hugli of the nursery then served as the judge for the competition, which took place July 20 at Stafford Park as part of the Party in the Park festivities.The results are as follows:In the age one to two category, Verity Forget Mask was first with her tomato plant, followed by Luxe Berenbeck with his petunia, Arthur Forget Mask in third with his pepper plant and Marceline Valliant in fourth with her pepper plant.In the category for three to four year olds. Riven Schilkie-White finished first with her tomato plant, Archer Wren was second with his pepper plant, Elia Yuke with his tomato was third and in fourth was Will Berenbeck for his blue petunia.In the category for five and six year olds, Xavia Forget was first with her red petunia, Macy Greene was second with her blue petunia, William Yuke was third with his marigold and Jazmyn Covell was fourth with her purple petunia.In the category for seven to eight year olds, Mya Turcotte was first with her pepper plant, Amelia Lofstedt was second with her marigold, Dustin Graham was third with his tomato plant and Jayah Kelly was fourth with her pepper plant.Rounding out the competition were those nine years and older. Aaryanna Forget was first with her petunia, followed by Emma Graham with her petunia, Payton McCabe in third with a pepper plant and Elliot Lofstedt in fourth with his pepper plant.TPeplinskie@postmedia.comTwitter.com/TPeplinskie