Friday, April 27, 2018

Norfolk Girl Scout Ava has earned her Gold Award

Ava Gonzalez has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. Ava is a senior at Granby High School.

For her project “Gardening for History,” Ava chose to create an outdoor garden exhibit for the Hunter House Victorian Museum, a Norfolk home turned museum built in 1894. Ava’s garden brings life to the museum which also features Victorian furnishings and decorative arts belonging to the Hunter family. 

Adding to the theme of the home, Ava decided to include herbs and vegetables that would have been planted in a garden during the 19th century. She also created signs and cold frames which work to protect the plants during adverse weather conditions.

“Gardening for History” is a free, educational exhibit that introduces green spaces to an area that lacked them beforehand.

“It was my goal to improve upon free educational space outdoors so that families had a quiet space in nature to learn and enjoy in,” Ava said. “By choosing a location open to many pedestrians, I hope the exhibit will foster a love of history, gardening and make a peaceful space accessible to everyone.”

Ava learned several things while working on her Gold Award project, including how to work with a diverse group of people.

Her project will be sustained by the museum with the help of supplemental materials Ava provided before she completed the garden.

Ava will present her garden to the public during an unveiling of her project on April 28 from 2-3 p.m. at Hunter House Victorian Museum.

Check out her Gold Award video here.