A misty morning dampened no one's enthusiasm as VISTA welcomed Little Villagers and their families to the gardens on Saturday, November 16th.
Lori Vella gathered and greeted everyone, Mary Ellen Dallman encouraged children to dramatize "The Turnip", a classic Russian folktale and sent home a copy of the book with each family, Tiffani Martin led a terrific scavenger hunt while Ann Wallace helped children create scare crows.
Garden docents Angela Kaloger, Corinna Edwards, Hugh and Marilyn Copeland, Jennifer Grebenschikoff, and Rolfe Evenson engaged children and parents in weeding, watering, fertilizing, harvesting, planting and composting activities respectively, and Laurie Kleiner presented a wonderful array of fruits for tasting and snacking.
Steinbrenner High School volunteers, Vivian Rao and Madeline Gardner, kindly navigated small groups of children from one garden docent to another, and the morning activities ended with slices of pizza for everyone generously donated by Jet's Pizza.
We are grateful to everyone who volunteered for this "Generations Gather" event and making it a great garden experience for children from and beyond Carrollwood Village.