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W9864f Hamilton Spectator clipping
Mar 11 1943

Children Good Gardeners1,2

I am very much interested in the plan for backyard gardens or community gardens in the city of Hamilton sponsored by the committee under the chairmanship of Mr. H.P. Frid. At times like the present our motto should be "No idle hands, no idle hands". Our city might become a garden city with no vacant lots full of weeds. I do not know what plans Mr. Frid's committee has in mind for the coming season. I would like to suggest to his committee that the school children be included in the plan.

An Interesting Experiment

In the summer of 1939 I carried out an experiment with the children of our neighbourhood in order to find out how well children would do in gardening. At first my plan was to limit the experiment to about 20 children. My conclusions from the experiment was that most children make good gardeners under given conditions. These conditions are: 1) a chance to have a garden plot: 2) some assitance is required where the necessary effort is beyond the child's strength: 3) some assistance in planning the garden is required where the child has not had any experience, 4) the children emulate each other and love to work in groups, therefore, children's gardens should be in groups; 5) and a very important factor is the interest and appreciation of mother, dad or teacher shown in the child's effort and success; 6) success at the first attempt tends to create and perpetuate interest in gardening; 7) children should have complete freedom in deciding as to the vegetables or flowers they wish to grow; 8) in their desire to be successful they will readily seek advice, which, if given in a friendly and sympathetic, is readily accepted and applied.

Good Results Foreseen

During the coming summer many families with children will not be able to leave the city for holidays because of the severely restricted conditions of travel imposed by the war. The work and interest in a garden will help with the supplies of food: will use constructively the pent up energy of the young bodies of the children; it will give their minds an education in nature study and agriculture which no classroom could give. Above all, the children will feel proud to be the soldiers on the food production front, contributing to the war effort, according to their ability.

Hamilton, Ont.


This clipping was attached to letter no. W9864d (986.1.075.1) to Matt Broman. See also a second clipping W9864e (986.1.075.2).

Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection.

For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.

For other persons mentioned in the letters or for various plants and trees, search by name.

2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.075.3 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.

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