Hope is Growing
|Hope is growing! Schools, families, businesses, and communities across Canada are encouraged to plant Hope Gardens with yellow flowers (Planting a Promise daffodils), fruit, vegetables, shrubs, and trees, to spread hope across our nation this year! Yellow, the international colour of hope, and the colour of the Communities in Bloom 2021 Hope is Growing campaign, signifies a bright light at the end of a dark tunnel, providing optimism for all. Once in bloom, the bright yellow landscape will be a symbol of positivity for all during the COVID-19 pandemic!|
Planting a Promise
Schoolyards in 78 British Columbia communities will soon be awash with yellow daffodils spreading the message of hope with the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) Planting a Promise program! From urban areas including Greater Vancouver, Greater Victoria, and the Fraser Valley to rural areas like 150 Mile House, Crofton, and New Hazelton, everyone can enjoy the yellow flowers as a result of the Planting a Promise program. 11,450 students in 458 K-12 BC schools planted 13,740 daffodil bulbs with the Planting a Promise this past fall. Now, with spring’s arrival, a sea of yellow blooms will spread across the province. The bright yellow flowers are a symbol of positivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Planting a Promise program has seen its highest demand since its inception in 2013. The program gives BC K-12 classes an educational growing experience and a hands-on way of exploring the life cycles of flowers and what they need to grow. The increased popularity is in part due to the growing program’s adaptability to new learning environments and outdoor learning settings that allow for physical distancing. Additionally, the program, which allows students the opportunity to dig into soil and connect with nature, provides physical benefits of gardening and the mental health benefits of stress management, anxiety relief, and hope, which are particularly important during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Planting a Promise program provides learning opportunities throughout the school year. During the fall, students plant the bulbs, in the winter, students observe the dormant and early sprouting stages of the flowers’ growth, and in the spring, beautiful flowers arrive. The program, which is offered free to all BC schools that apply; many classes have planted daffodils at care homes or by community signs, or made bunches for moms.
“The Planting a Promise program provides a sense of community,” said Pat Tonn, BCAITC Executive Director. “Once the daffodils bloom, the schoolyards come alive with colour, the entire community benefits, and the students are excited to have been a part of it and proud of what they grew”.
Thank you to the Alpine Garden Club of BC and Van Noorts Bulbs for the generous donation of funding for the 2021 Planting a Promise program. Also, special thanks to Art Knapp, Buckerfields, Dykhof Nurseries & Florist, GardenWorks, Grow & Gather, Hunters Garden Centre, Phoenix Perennials, and Sticks 'N Stones Nursery, for assisting with kit delivery.
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