Junior Gardeners Program is Growing with Walton County’s Green Thumb Garden Club

Butler Elementary School in Santa Rosa Beach is partnering with the local Green Thumb Garden Club (GTGC) to instill the love of gardening, teach respect for the environment and offer a fun, educational experience for students.

Over 20 Butler Elementary fourth and fifth grade students have formed a Junior Gardener’s Club at the school and committed to meet once a month after school. The Club’s members are learning about soil cultivation, plant care and the growing cycle.

Following a lesson plan, the students have jumped right into soil preparation, planting and maintaining the courtyard garden area under the guidance of GTGC member, Bonnie Fox. Bonnie is a Master Gardener and is supported by committee chair, Gail Pizar, Jeanne Cosentino and other members of the GTGC.

For more information on the Junior Gardeners program, send an email to or visit our new website at The website contains detailed information about the Club including how to join in its charitable mission and fun activities.

The Green Thumb Garden Club, Inc., located in Walton County, Florida, is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to stimulate interest in the beautification of Walton County, furthering the education of its members and the public in: gardening ~ horticulture ~ botany ~ floral design ~ environmental awareness ~ conservation of natural resources ~ Civic beautification ~ nature studies ~ and instill in our youth the love of gardening and respect for the environment.