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The Sprout Issue 4 Vol. 2

4-H and Nonprofit Plant Trees In this issue... Family Flourishes Pages 1-3 Note from Our President Page 2 What to Grow this Season Page 3 Something to Gnaw On Page 4 Upcoming Events: Page 4

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ursery Thyme colllaborated with Payne County 4-H to bring more trees into Oklahoma. 4-H Day at the Gardens took place on Aug. 24 at Couch Park. The Payne County 4-H and Nursery Thyme planted more than 65 trees in less than two hours. Mary Gold, vice president of Nursery Thyme, is proud of the success of this event. “This event is a blessing

in disguise,” Gold said. “The more children learn about the wonders of gardening, the more we will be able to educate the future with agriculture programs.” Nursery Thyme will hold a public day at the gardens next March. This event is reservation only. People interested can register on Nursery Thyme’s website at www.nurserythyme. com/dayatgardens.

Family Flourishes from Gardening

Deep within a home garden in the outskirts of Stillwater, Okla., grows tulips, daffodils and the relationship between a man and his granddaughter. Blu Barry thought his family left him forever, but whenever his son moved back to Stillwater, Okla. in 2010, he was introduced to the granddaughter he never knew he had. Barry and Sally knew they needed to kindle this friendship together. That is when they discovered a program within Samuel Durbin Nursery Thyme, a local Stillwater nursery garden. President, Nursery Thyme The program, the Home Gardening Challenge, is a 987 Carrot Way unique way of bringing the garden back to the family. The Stillwater, Okla. 74074 goal is to enrich families with the science of home gardening and bring the significance of plant life back into people’s lives. 405-834-4437 Continued on Page 2

Note from our President It is with great privilege that I thank everyone who participated in our summer events. What once started as a simple nonprofit located in Stillwater, Okla. is now a major part of education programs across the state. This past April we had our annual Arbor Day Jubilee, we sought out a steep goal of raising money to plant more than 900 trees in the state. With your participation, we exceeded our expectations and planted more than 1,600 trees! There are also orgnaziations that we would like to thank for each of its services to Nursery Thyme mission to

have gardens in everybody’s home. To both Payne County 4-H and Stillwater FFA: Thank you for the positive attitudes and growing minds. You are who made this organization successful and we are forever in your debt. To Oklahoma State University: As the leaves turn orange, we are reminded of how much publicity you have given us. Thank you. It will always be an honor to serve as the president to this wonderful organization. Thank you, Oklahoma, for helping us keep our slogan of “growing plants, growing minds!”

Sam Durbin, President of Nursery Thyme

Continue from Page 1 The Barry family is only one of the dozens of families who have experienced the Home Gardening Challenge from Nursery Thyme. Since 2009, the challenge has brought gardens more than 150 gardens back into Stillwater homes. Patricia Orange, the manager at Nursery Thyme,

believes this program is highly effective in bringing life skills to children across the tri-county area. “We have so many children coming into our nursery expecting the plants to grow within a week or two.” Orange said. “The Home Gardening Challenge teaches these kids that it’s not only


giving families vegetable and flowers, it’s giving the children of these families responsibility and patience.” The Home Gardening Challenge gives families a set of seeds, soil and instructions on how to grow gardens within their own homes. Families can choose between wanting to start a vegetable

gives families a set of seeds, soil and me happy once again?” instructions on how to grow gardens Nursery Thyme hopes to continue within their own homes. home gardening Families can choose between as a trend in the wanting to start a vegetable United States to help garden or a butterfly garden. enhance quality The Barry family chose the family time. butterfly garden package that There are more than contains: petunia, marigold, 43 million household lilac, daffodil and iris plants. The gardens in the United second option, the vegetable garden package, States, according to a survey by the National is the most popular and contains tomato, Gardening Association. This number okra, watermelon, rosemary and cucumber continuously grows every year with a 20 seeds. This came with other necessary percent increase in household gardens from supplies, yet the family brought the love and last year’s statistics. support these flowers needed to flourish. When the flowers and vegetables have fully Barry, a retired high school grown, the families are encouraged “Who knew growing this to donate the vegetables to the local math teacher, says this simple garden would program improved his outlook food bank and donate flowers to the have... made me happy on life. Stillwater cemetery to help . again?” - Blu Barry “I can’t believe how “We decided to give these flowers much my life has changed to the local nursing home where I in the past year,” Barry said. “Who knew lived for the past 10 years.” Barry said. “Sally growing this simple garden would have and I hope to start a community garden brought me closer to my family and made there this summer.”

What to grow this season

Asparagus Rhubarb

Have a friend interested in Nursery Thyme? Refer a friend to Nursery Thyme and we’ll send you both mystery seeds! Email their name and contact information, as well as your name to:


On w a n G o t Something


nions may have the reputation for giving eaters bad breath, but its history greatly outshines its stench. Ancient Egyptians once believed the onion represented eternal life because of the circle-within-a-circle structure. It was also used for funeral and worship purposes. There have been reports of onions being placed around the body; even King Ramses IV was buried with onions in his eye sockets. Egyptologists believe people were buried with onions because the strong odor would help them breath again. Years later, the Middle Ages used three prolific vegetables in its cuisine: beans, cabbage and onions. The onion, however, was not only used for eating, but medicinal purposes. Apothecaries at the time prescribed onions to cure snakebites, hair loss and headaches. This vegetable was so popular during the Middle Ages that it was frequently used as wedding

gifts and rent payments. Today, there are three onions regularly used in cuisine: yellow, red and white. According to the National Onion Association, approximately 87 percent of the United States onion crop consists of the yellow onion. This is the onion that is most used in seasoning. The red onion takes up about 8 percent of the onion population. It rose in popularity after restaurants recognize its colorful appearance. The volunteer for historical research, please contact Thomas Ato at

Random Seed:

To rid of onion breath quickly, eat a sprig of parsley. It works for garlic too!

Upcoming Events: October 14-20: Veggie Week Nov. 12: Canned Food Drive Deadline Nov. 17: Thanksgiving Dinner Workshops Nov. 29: Canning Workshops

Samuel Durbin President, Nursery Thyme 987 Carrot Way Stillwater, Okla. 74074 405-834-4437


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