Katelyn Hennes, a 17-year-old junior at Westview High School, partnered with the Del Mar branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito to build a vegetable and herb garden for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.
“Katelyn’s vision brought a much needed jewel to the outdoor area of Del Mar branch”, said Candace Gerlach, clubhouse manager of the Del Mar branch. “Being in the garden you can feel how much care was put into it. It is warm and inviting and the children will enjoy it for years to come!”
The 6-by-8-foot garden includes flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and an enclosed vegetable and herb area. Numerous stepping stones were placed about with a sitting bench and colorful planter boxes that the volunteers helped paint. About 30 volunteers came to help Katelyn over the April fool’s weekend to make the garden a reality.
“I am extremely proud to have been able to create this garden and teach at the Boys and Girls Club”, said Katelyn Hennes, Girls Scout and volunteer. “It has been an eye-opening experience and I have learned so much from it. It has been a great pleasure to know that this garden and what I am teaching could lead to a healthier future for all the kids involved.”
To prepare for the project, Katelyn talked to many business and groups and asked for help in planning the garden and for donations. Preparation also included gathering and sorting supplies, managing and scheduling the volunteers, making schedules for each specific teaching day with the children, and meeting with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito to understand exactly what they wanted to grow in their garden and how to locate it.
Katelyn Hennes is a member of troop 8116, and has been officially in Girl Scouts since the Daisies in kindergarten. She plans to teach the same curriculum in the summer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego in Clairemont.