Students study plant world at Jr. Master Gardener Camp

Published 10:49 am Thursday, July 20, 2023

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By Kat Woodruff-Carter

Davie High Intern


They’re officially Junior Master Gardeners.

A group of young people in Davie County learned the ins and outs of gardening from master gardeners last week at the Junior Master Gardener Camp at Davie Extension.

The children examined types of soil, and the differences between sandy loam and clay.

They visited a creek off Farmington Road where they learned that erosion is caused by the water level rising and sinking. They also learned what happens to plant life when soil gets suspended in the water.

They found leaves and examined their shapes.

One student found a a Ghost Pipe, completely white and gray due to the lack of chlorophyll in the plant. They have been found in Rich Park but haven’t been seen for years.

The campters were taught the best way to identify a kind of mushroom is to look at the spore prints.

While they were waiting to see their plant discoveries under the microscope, they made patterns by putting that plant under paper and coloring the paper. They found poison ivy, Ebony Seymour, maple leaves, Carolina Petunia and many other plants.