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Girls (and a couple boys) had the opportunity to learn their way around fresh cut flowers Thursday as the Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Program Series continued with Cason’s Flower Course.
In its second year, enthusiastic kids gathered around the work table at Cason’s Flowers to learn how to make football mums. Cara Wilson with the Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department said Robbie Griffin, owner of Cason’s, donates 100 percent of her time, her employees’ expertise, the supplies and the flowers to this “camp.”
“Now they’ll know when homecoming comes how to put their own mum together,” Griffin said of the kids. “Each flower has a name, just like each of you do. If we have time, we’re going to make some arrangements. Last year they made smiley mums ... I think they enjoy this, even the boys like it.”
As Ginger Hopkins of Cason’s instructed the children on how to construct a homecoming mum, discussion among the kids stayed at a quiet murmur.
“You have to put on the ribbons and trinkets first, then the flower,” said Amanda Wilder, who caught on quickly.
“I wish I had a volleyball to put on mine,” said Tana Young.
Starr Mesker, age 10, said it was her first time at one of the Parks and Recreation programs, but she liked it so well, she plans to attend more camps. Hannah Bland, 11, was a returning “camper,” and was happy to learn mum-making, after making arrangements last year.
“I go to most of the summer programs,” Bland said. “They’re fun!”
The Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department has a full schedule of fun, exciting programs all summer long which are free of charge to the kids. The themes are wide and varied, so there’s something for everyone.
Brothers Levi, 9, and Adam Elkins, 11, had armbands for their mums, and agreed they enjoyed the Cason’s Flower Course. However, their favorite camp remained the Cupcake Camp, because of being allowed to eat so much cake and icing.
Each child was provided a goody bag, which contained scissors, sunglasses, stickers, a bookmark, pen, and candy. First-time camp goer Chloe Marquis, 12, said making the homecoming mum was fun, but she really enjoyed meeting new friends. Kendall Clarke, 10, of Arlington, is in town visiting her grandparents, Charlie and Martha Washburn. She had already made two new friends at the Flower Course.
“When you send a flower to someone, you don’t just send it out alone in a vase — you’ll want to add some greenery and a bow,” Griffin said. “David sprayed the greenery so it will be a bit shiny, and your scissors in your bag should cut the greenery to make it the right length for the bud vase.”
After the bud vase arrangements with a variety of roses, lilies, gladiolas, and more, each child got a plastic bucket with wet oasis inside, and were able to select a variety of fresh flowers to make a centerpiece arrangement.
“And then we are going to put one of these flower arrangements on the table and have a party!” Griffin said.
A punchbowl full of punch was served along with Collin Street Bakery cookies, as kids were encouraged to take their bud vases or arrangements to a friend in the hospital, or their mothers.
Cason’s Flowers has a page on Facebook, so “like” it to see photos from the camp, or specials that might run in the shop.
One kid was overheard saying, “I’d love to work here — this is awesome!”
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