Nothing really beats being recognized by your alma mater. Last Friday evening I was again honored by the University of Central Florida and the College of Education as one of ten recipients of the annual UCF Professional Achievement Award. We were honored at the annual alumni Black and Gold Gala. As I watched the videos and learned about the group of respected judges, community leaders and business people being honored I kept trying to figure out why I was being included. I still do. Regardless, thank you UCF, Dean Sandra Robinson, all of my wonderful friends in the College of Education, and fellow alum, Jennifer Van Kirk, winner of the prestigious Rising Star Award. What a great evening capping an incredible year.
I've had a number of visitors lately who are at schools that would love to garden, but have limited time, space and resources. I found some great ideas last spring visiting the EPCOT Flower and Garden Show that are unique in the use of containers and space and thought I would share as we look to those fall and upcoming spring gardens.
Fall is a great opportunity for taking those pumpkins and using them for science. Thanks to Tracey Powell and her third grade class at Camelot Elementary for sharing their passion for pumpkins. Her students predicted the weight of a pumpkin, debated what a pumpkin looks like inside, estimated the number of seeds you might find and even tested to determine whether or not a pumpkin will float. Enjoy the pictures and the obvious excitement for pumpkins!