BENTON HARBOR — If you’ve got a question approximately flowers, ask Emma Kinnard of Benton Harbor. For the beyond three months, she’s been bringing residence plant life to Benton Harbor City Commission meetings and giving them away. “I’m trying to sell healthful living. We understand that residence vegetation assists purify the air,” she said. This month, she said she is giving away an oxalis regnellii, greater commonly called a shamrock plant. Kinnard also promotes healthy consuming thru her nonprofit Fresh Start Children’s Garden, which she began 12 years in the past. “I’m very enthusiastic about this being our 12th 12 months,” she said. “… The number 12, in step with the Bible, is enormous. I have faith that God is going to bless us outstandingly this year.” She stated the planting of the garden on the nook of May and Pearl streets gained’t begin for some weeks. However, she stated there’s continually work to be executed. She expected that masses of children and their dad and mom have walked through her garden through the years. Also, she’s planning to preserve the floral layout and landscaping classes at the Benton Harbor Arts and Culture Community Center, 275 Pipestone St. Kinnard charges just enough to cowl the expenses of substances for the instructions. For other records on the classes or to volunteer, Kinnard can be reached at 325-9455. Kinnard does it due to the fact she’s been retired a few years and wants to pass on her knowledge earlier than it’s too past due. “Right now, I’ve simply got love for my community – people who have so much ambition and a lot capacity,” Kinnard said. “… It doesn’t do me any true to have my information and take it to my grave.” Kinnard’s love for vegetation flourished after she acquired a certificate in horticulture inside the 1970s after taking classes at Andrews University in Berrien Springs. “After I got the fundamentals for it, I just became more advanced,” she stated. “Once you get an idea of ways matters work, then you start to place your signature on it, even with your designing.
” During a recent class, Kinnard confirmed a set of younger women tricks on the way to make price-effective wedding ceremony decorations. The stand for one of the table centerpieces is made from six candle holders she bought from a dollar keep and stuck together, using a clear plate on the bottom. She said the floral arrangement at the top of the center piece is lifted excessive sufficient so diners can still see and speak to each other. Another arrangement functions figures of the bride and groom in a clean fish bowl. “I improvise loads of things to create something surely specific,” she stated. “… I’m an old female. However, I do have a few skills.” She stated people could support themselves via getting returned to the fundamentals and developing some of their food. This no longer handiest receives them outside inside the fresh air but offers them fresh meals.