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Parks Park Maintenance School Children's Flower & Vegetable Association

School Children's Flower & Vegetable Association

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Bringing joy and happiness through plants is what the Show is all about! 

SCFVA History

In the early 1920’s, Park Superintendent, Adolf Jaenicke, organized a program with the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce which would provide school children with potted plants. On October 5, 1923 the Board of Park Commissioners instructed Mr. Jaenicke that “plants be propagated in our greenhouse and later be distributed among school children throughout the city.” Actual distribution began four years later.

Mrs. John Memmewisch served as the first president until 1929. During her tenure, the constitution was written specifying participation by public and parochial schools. Flower seeds were added in 1928 and vegetable seeds in 1929.

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The Park Board maintained the program through 1961 when a new organization was formed and new era had begun! Through volunteer efforts, plants and seeds were to be distributed to the children in the spring and in the fall each school was to have a flower show. All “Blue Ribbon Winners” were to be eligible to participate in a City-Wide Blue Ribbon Recognition Day Show.

More than 60 schools participate in the SCFVA program. Each year 4,000 packets of seeds are sown by participating children and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department grows and distributes more than 19,000 potted plants.

According to the by-laws, the purpose of the Association is to “further education in the Nature Study Theory, growing flowers, plants and vegetables, molding characteristics of worth in making citizens of the future.” We hope to continue working to improve the interest in nature that is inherent in children!

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Join us on Facebook!

We just created a new Facebook page just for this program!  Like our page today and learn more as the season progresses on growing vegetables, cut flowers, herbs and potted plants!

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Chairperson Information

Check out the 2017 Chairperson SCFVA Booklet (posted in January)

SCFVA Order Form-time to order seeds, t-shirts and more.  
SCFVA Order Form-Spanish version

If you encounter any problems with downloading any of this information, please contact Lynda Heavrin (427-6424).

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In the spring, students in schools that participate in the program are given plants and encouraged to grow them over the summer. In the fall, their local school has a show where all of the plants and vegetables are judged and ribbons are awarded. The Blue Ribbon winners then go on to compete at the Blue Ribbon Show held yearly at McMillen Park Community Center. 

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School Children’s Flower and Vegetable Association
Flower, Plant and Vegetable Show And Blue Ribbon Show 

Hey students, remember that plant or the seeds you took home from school in April? Your school is going to have a show soon where you can bring back your cut flowers, vegetables or plant to be judged. If you win a Blue Ribbon you will be invited to the Blue Ribbon Show at McMillen Park Community Center. Your plant died? Don’t worry, you will be able to bring in another favorite plant for judging. If you have any questions please call 427-6424 for more information.

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City-Wide Blue Ribbon Show Information 

2017 Blue Ribbon Show
Date: TBA
Location: McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott Street  


2016 Blue Ribbon Show Merit Award Winners

Branden Sterns, Strawberry Begonia
Drake Steffy, Asparagus Fern
Olivia Schichner, Geranium
Cayley Townsend, Zinnia
Sydney Hoff, Ornamental Corn

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Thanks to our SCFVA Executive Committee and volunteer judges who give so graciously of their time to assure the continued success of this program!

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This program would not be possible without all of our loyal Chairpersons who put in a lot of time covering all of the details of each school show!

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