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See, smell, taste: Wentzville Girl Scout’s sensory garden nourishes all five senses


St. Louis, MO – September 27, 2018 ─ Alexis Morgan, an upcoming 2019 graduate of Holt High School in Wentzville, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Morgan exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. 

Morgan was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Sensory gardens immerse young children in all the sense. Elements like texture, color and scent are used to create therapeutic spaces for kids to relax and discover. To earn her Gold Award, Morgan designed an interactive sensory garden at her local Crisis Nursery center, an emergency assistance shelter for families in critical situations. Combining vivid hues, aromatic herbs like lavender and edible plants such as kale, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM built sensory areas for the kids to see, smell, listen, touch and taste. She also added a xylophone and a handmade bell tower to the outdoor area, surrounding it with peaceful sounds. Morgan’s garden helped the children explore nature and offered comfort for those temporarily separated from their parents.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grade have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success relative to their non-Gold Award peers. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit