Students in East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility will be
able to learn even more about horticulture in an expanded garden thanks to a
generous donation from a local gardening club.
The Mission Hills Garden Club recently donated $3,000 to the
San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools.
The money will support horticulture classes there, giving students more
hands-on lessons with environmental science, biology, botany, and
The money will pay for plants and materials as well as educational
The Mission Hills Garden Club is a group of neighbors and
friends with an interest in gardening and community aesthetics in the San Diego
The garden at East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility was
created several years ago. Another one was built about a year ago at the Girls
Rehabilitation Facility in San Diego, which houses another of San Diego County
Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools.
The gardens offer a peaceful place where students can go to
relax, learn and connect with nature.
The gardening program, called Growing Opportunities, is a
cooperative undertaking of the county Probation Department, San Diego County
Office of Education, and the University of California Cooperative Extension.
While tending to the plants in the garden, students learn
about science, teamwork, empathy and various aspects of gardening. Studies have
shown that gardening can help people of all ages in a variety of ways,
including enhancing cognitive functioning, improving concentration, increasing
attention span, boosting self-esteem, and reducing stress.