The cold and dreary days of winter will eventually turn into the fresh and bright days of spring, so the horticulture students are working diligently to fill the greenhouse for all of your spring planting needs. Seeds are being sown, flats filled with soilless mix, and dreams of luxurious gardens dance through their heads.
Instructor Pam McKinney has been pouring through catalogs to search out new offerings as well as the old gardening favorites. Tomatoes, petunias, marigolds and lots of other annuals will fill the greenhouse. Great hanging baskets and specialty items will fill the rafters and give customers many choices to beautify their homes and communities.
The students are currently knee deep in “Dirt Days” as they fill thousands of flats, pots, and hanging baskets that will eventually be home for the seedlings and plant plugs.
The students will continue planting and caring for their bedding crops as they learn the skills of a greenhouse grower. Those skills will carry them through April when they plan to open the Greenhouse for the Spring Season. The Greenhouse will open on Thursday, April 16, at 11 AM. The Greenhouse will also be open 12-7 PM throughout the Community Appreciation Day on April 18, for your shopping convenience. Additional hours include Thursday evenings until 6 PM and Saturday hours on May 2 and May 9 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The Greenhouse will close for the season on Friday, May 15 at 2:00 PM.
The students will then learn a new set of skills as garden center customer service representatives as they help customers make their selections in the greenhouse. Money handling skills, communication styles, and garden planning techniques are practiced as they sell their crops.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Opening Day and stop in and get some great locally-grown plants and hanging baskets and put the students’ new skills to use. The staff and students hope to see you and your green thumb this growing season!