Gardening Expert to Give Children Veggie-Growing Tips at Carnival Sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch and City Square Drive Walmart Super Center

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Saturday, June 15 kids event offers free crafts, games, food, face painting, balloons and valuable tips on healthy eating.

Well-known area horticulturalist Louise Johnson is encouraging Jacksonville area families to eat healthier by growing their own vegetables. Johnson will be sharing growing tips and helping children to plant their own vegetables at a special event that will be held June 15 at the Walmart Supercenter located at 13227 City Square Drive in Jacksonville.

The event, sponsored by The Clorox Company’s Hidden Valley Ranch® brand, will feature a number of games, crafts and giveaways, as well as free veggie snacks, Hidden Valley Ranch dip and Florida Department of Citrus-provided Florida orange juice. The message behind the activities is the importance and ease of healthy eating, particularly fresh produce.

“Eating fresh vegetables is part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Johnson. “Families can purchase fresh vegetables at a farmers market or at Walmart which also sources from local growers. Or they can plant them on their own. Growing your own is the most fun and is very easy.”

Johnson, who is a popular speaker at local garden clubs, says okra, squash and peppers grow very well in Florida.

“Not only do these vegetables grow well here, but they also taste great. And for kids who need a little encouragement, Hidden Valley Ranch dressings add a lot of flavor to each bite,” Johnson said.

The event will be held June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Johnson will offer her gardening advice and children will have the opportunity to plant vegetable seeds in their own decorated pots, which they can take home. Families also can play ring toss and bean-bag toss, catch veggies floating in a pond, and eat veggie snacks. Kids also will be able to participate in roping activities and get their faces painted.

Hidden Valley Ranch, through its Love Your Veggies campaign, has committed more than $1 million to schools and organizations to help seed, and grow, a love of veggies in kids from an early age.

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