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Spring is in the air, and at Brunswick Community College that means students in the school’s horticulture and turf grass management programs are busy in the greenhouses.
They have been preparing for more than a year for this week’s plant sale.
Dean Bennett, program director, said, “The hardest thing about this sale is having everything ready at the same time.”
This will be the fifth annual plant sale. The students coordinate every aspect of the sale, from growing and cultivating plants to helping customers select plants that fit their needs to marketing.
“The sale teaches students how to make a profit and how to grow quality plants,” Bennett said. “It is a learning experience.”
He said during this year’s plant sale, there will be a larger number of varieties but less of each variety.
“We have 90 to 100 different types of plants,” Bennett said. “That happens when you’re a lover of plants. We can’t pick just one.”
Bennett stressed the purpose and focus of the sale is on education for all the students. The plants are offered at realistic prices, and the sale is not meant to be a competitor for local growers.
“We also invite the public to come and stroll through our gardens,” Bennett said.
Students taking the greenhouse management and plant propagation courses have been tending to the plants as part of their course of study.
“Students gain skills that employ them. Most students have a goal of one day finding employment in the industry. Our students go to work. Many already are working in the industry. The program requires an internship,” Bennett explained.
The three-day plant sale is noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 25; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 26.
The sale will be in front of Building K on the BCC campus. Signs will be on display directing visitors, and there will be a blue tent.
All proceeds from the sale benefit the horticulture and turf grass programs at BCC. A large portion of the funds is used to purchase plants and seeds to grow for next year’s sale. The plant sale serves as the program’s only fundraiser and helps purchase necessary equipment.
Last year’s plant sale proceeds helped fund equipment that needed to be replaced in the greenhouses, including heaters and fans.
Rachel Johnson is a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.