Little Prep student green thumbs win best gardens
WARWICK East State School cleaned up at the Warwick Gardening Competition this year and won first prize for three different categories.
Groundskeeper Laurie Taylor picked up two awards for the school including Festival Garden other than a Home Garden and School Garden with over 100 students.
Mr Taylor said the primary school was well known for its blooming gardens and took pride in its displays.
The award-winning gardener has worked on the school's gardens for the past 16 years.
He said when the time came for him to retire, he hoped the next groundskeeper would keep up the same standard.
Primary school students involved in the school's Kids Garden Club took out the award for Junior Garden.
Most of the students grow vegetables and other produce at the school's environmental centre.
School teacher Julie Grey said the children loved to learn about the different plants and produce.
"It's so good when the kids get rewarded for all of the hard work they put in," she said.
She said the best part of the environmental centre was letting the kids care for and cook with the produce they grew.
The students run a worm farm, collect eggs and care for hens, run a weather station and now have a sensory garden to learn about taste, touch and smell.
Mrs Grey said the students met every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at lunch time to care for their plants.
"There's a real push for people to grow their own food, which is a skill that has been lost over the years," she said.
"For the kids who may struggle academically, this is a place where they can thrive."