Twitter Facebook Youtube
Text Size
Parks Park Maintenance School Children's Flower & Vegetable Association

School Children's Flower & Vegetable Association

IMG 4614 slide 

 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.

 IMG 4619IMG 4620

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.

IMG 4567IMG 4606

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!

2017 Blue Ribbon Show Results

Congratulations to all the Blue Ribbon participants in the 2017 Show!  This year we had a  total of 353 entries from 212 students representing 48 schools.

The Merit Award winners are: Thomas Milholland for his Flower Bouquet, Josie Leoffler for her 3 Alike Gourds, Sophia Scott for her 1st Year Umbrella Plant, Anna Waggoner for her 2nd Year Strawberry Begonia and Angelo Gill for his 3rd Year Spider Plant.

 

IMG 4631IMG 4583IMG 4625


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!

 IMG 4628IMG 4607

Chairperson Information

Check out the 2018 Chairperson SCFVA Booklet (posted yearly in January)
 

2018 SCFVA Booklet available in early 2018!

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).

 

IMG 4629IMG 4626IMG 4603


Student Information

Late spring our crews will be delivering plants to local elementary schools (K-4th grades) participating in the SCFVA program.  Children will then be bringing those plants home with care instructions and asked to grow those plants throughout the summer and bring in the next school year to their School Plant Show.    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.    Please contact Lynda Heavrin, 260-427-6424 if you have any questions. 

 

IMG 4604 IMG 4601IMG 4592
 
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.

IMG 4571

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.

 IMG 4630IMG 4605IMG 4599-001

City-Wide Blue Ribbon Show Information 

2018 Blue Ribbon Show
Date: September 8,2018
Location: McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott Street  

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

 IMG 4544

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!

Share this article

IMAP.NEW

NOW AVAILABLE!  Search for parks, trails, activities and more.

We want your feedback!

new_blue_64x64Take our on-line survey now!
This quick and easy survey will only take 1 minute or less and will provide us with valuable information!