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Horticulture teacher and students prepare for annual plant sale

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Junior Jessica Sumpter waters the plants in the greenhouse during her Horticulture class.

For those who like to garden or who simply want to add a little color to their home, visit the plant sale hosted by Horticulture teacher Jeremy Thompson. It will be held on Friday, May 12, from 9am to 5 pm and Saturday, May 13 from 9 am to 3 pm.

The planning for this sale began last spring, when they figured out when to buy and plant the the flowers and vegetables they need. In February, they begin to germinate the plants. Thompson does not do this on his own. His horticulture classes help him set up, clean, and put it together as part of an assignment.

The sale has been going on since the 70’s, when it started. While Thompson has only been doing this for two years now, his predecessor, Darren Zarbnisky, ran it for 10 years. Zarbnisky “was a legendary teacher,” newspaper teacher Michelle Harmon said.

Student volunteers help with not only the sale, but also getting it clean, setting it up, and making informational signs.

“We get a lot of people from the Borah neighborhood, just up there, the hill, a lot of students’ parents,” Thompson said. “It’s a surprising number of people.”

Last year, people were lined up and waiting outside for him to open up and start the sale.

Various plants ranging from onions for 50 cents to hanging baskets for $15 are available. While some hanging baskets are already made, buyers can also build their own. Five annuals are included in the build your own basket and each extra is $1.

Two types of flowers will be sold at the plant sale, perennials and annuals. Perennials are flowers that may bloom for more than one season. Annuals will usually grow for no more than one season. Some vegetables and herbs will be sold along with the flowers.

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  1. Tushar Verma on May 11th, 2017 9:44 pm

    Why doesn’t this article have an address on it.
    Such a simple thing has been overlooked.

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