Written by Susannah Pace
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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.”
These are the words that greet you as you enter the Joyner Discovery Garden.  Many thanks to Dr. Glenn and Mrs. Mary Thomas for their efforts in the origination of Joyner’s Discovery Garden which was awarded to Joyner from Association for Educational Excellence(AEE) for the 2001-2002 school year.
Over the years a number of AEE grants have added student engagement to the garden.  The “Monet’s Music Garden” grant written by Joyner art teacher, Caren Barber, was awarded in 2014.  It features a collection of outdoor instruments including drums, chimes, and a xylophone.  The newest AEE grant awarded is “Eat, Play, Learn” for the 2018-2019 school year.  This grant will expand Joyner’s commitment to educating their students about agriculture.   Joyner has great partnership with FoodCorps & Growing Healthy Waves.    The garden currently has three raised beds that produce food for the salad bar in the cafeteria.
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Countless hours of volunteer support have gone into the revitalization effort of the garden following the April 2014 tornado.  The Parent Teacher Association has led many volunteer work teams including The Joyner Neighborhood Association, teachers and staff, and a number of businesses like Toyota.  It is refreshing to see the community come together to support this beautiful garden on the Joyner campus.
This year the Joyner Garden Club led by Mrs. Brenna Politte seeded hundreds of annuals in February and March.  These plants grew in the TPSD’s Sprout house until recently being planting in the Joyner garden.
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Features of the garden include a fountain, as mentioned the “Monet Music Garden,” raised vegetable beds, a butterfly garden with host plants and nectar plants, and an outdoor classroom with easels, and a sensory path.
It is an honor to have been asked to be to be on the 2018 Joyner Neighborhood Garden Tour.  The Neighborhood Association and the PTA has supported the garden each step of the way.  It is our sincere hope that Joyner students will foster a love for growing and learning for generations to come.

Joyner Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour

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The tour will spotlight the Joyner Garden District’s green spaces and homeowners’ interior decorating expertise.  Several Joyner homes will be on the tour as well as the Joyner Elementary Discovery Garden and the St Luke Atrium (both re-planted after the 2014 tornado). Gardeners’ handiwork also can be viewed along the cemetery front on Joyner Avenue and in the mini-parks tucked away throughout the neighborhood. The tour is self guided and self-paced.  Tour begins at St Luke UMC at 1400 Clayton Ave. Homes and gardens open from 9-12.  A luncheon with Master Gardener Sherra Owens follows the garden tour in the St Luke UMC Fellowship Hall catered by Sweet Tea and Biscuits Cafe. Tickets are $20 for the tour and luncheon or $10 for the tour only. Tour only tickets can be purchased the day of the event.  Tour & Luncheon tickets recommended to be purchased in advance (seating is limited).  For more information or tickets, call 662-397-3060 or 662-871-1069.

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