In the moist warmth environment of the Aberdeen High School greenhouse, small plants have been tended by many hands to become the colorful healthy specimens that will be for sale next week.
The 11th annual FFA plant sale is slated to take place from Wednesday through Saturday at the greenhouse, located on East 2nd Street. Profits from this sale will fund student leadership activities.
Offered for sale will be flowers for Mother’s Day, including geraniums and more than 300 hanging baskets. There will also be vegetable and herb starts for the garden.
This year there will also be an offering of plant guilds. A plant guild is defined as any group of plants which support each other while growing near each other. The guilds offered will include all closely related vegetables, herbs and flowers. Suggestions on how to plant the guild most efficiently will be offered at the plant sale as well.
The plants have been a project of the FFA students and the high school’s horticulture classes. Recently, several horticulture class students were put on the watering and deadheading detail.
Student Bryceson Talley enjoys learning about what is necessary to grow plants. At home, his dad has a greenhouse and the two work together to grow tomatoes, which are particularly challenging in this area’s chilly, damp environment. Talley believes he will continue working with plants as a hobby.
Jaime Sanabria said he really enjoys the horticulture class and the hands-on activities. He noted he is thinking of perhaps pursuing a career in the field.
The days and times for the plant sale are: Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.