As fairgoers are drawn in by the beautiful soft scents and eye popping designs of color embedded within the Floriculture Department at the Ventura County Fair, they will be pleasantly surprised to find themselves surrounded by uniquely stunning gardens, many of which are created by Ventura County’s youth.
Children from 8-14 years of age diligently worked to create gardens filled with their favorite flowers, plants, and garden accessories. Each garden was carefully examined by highly reputable experts in areas ranging from professional florists to college professors. In order for each exhibit to be eligible for judging, each garden must have been grown by the exhibitor and owned by the exhibitor for at least 120 days prior to the Fair.
The 2011 Ventura County Fair is proud to announce the following talented group of elementary school gardeners who entered gardens into the Floriculture Department: Emily Lewandoski (Oak View), Alli Johnson (Ventura), Jerry Johnson (Ventura), Cooper Wolf (Ventura), Ethan Kelly (Ojai), Karianne Rydberg (Oxnard), and Robin Rydberg (Oxnard). These children competed with other amateur gardeners of all age. Gardens were filled with butterflies, bird baths, ponds and fountains. Colors varied from deep purples, reds, and blues, to soft pinks and yellows, and even tropical hues were present throughout some of the gardens.
The Floriculture Department at the Ventura County Fair provides fairgoers with an educational experience, and inspires people to learn how to grow and design their own gardens. After taking a stroll throughout the many gardens, fairgoers will not only be in awe of the spectacular gardens grown by children as young as nine years of age, but they will also feel refreshed from the relaxing environment and ready to continue their exploration of all the other wonderful aspects of the Fair.