Archive for Thursday, May 1, 2008

BLHS to stage plant sale

May 1, 2008

The Basehor-Linwood High School greenhouse is a colorful place right now full of geraniums, hanging houseplants and garden vegetables.

And, the community will have a chance to purchase these student grown plants at reasonable prices this week.

Biology teacher Vicki Darr said students in her biology classes have been growing the plants from seeds, plugs and cuttings all year as a way to learn about botany and caring for plants.

"It's basically to study plants and plant anatomy," Darr said.

While students will get first pick of the plants, the community can come check out the selection from 3 to 5 p.m. today and Friday. The greenhouse is full of a variety of different flowers and other bedding plants as well as Roma and Better Boy tomatoes and jalapeño and green peppers. The flowers are currently blooming and the vegetables are mature enough to be transplanted to a home garden.

While hanging plants and deck pots will cost $15 to $20, most plants will be priced under $5, Darr said. The money raised will go toward next year's greenhouse projects, which can be fairly expensive.

Darr estimates the school put about $1,000 into this year's project and tries to expand it every year. On top of that, a new class, horticulture, has been added to next year's curriculum, which means the greenhouse will be utilized even more.

Darr said the hands-on learning the greenhouse provides really adds to the classes.

"Each year we've been trying to do more, but it's a costly venture," Darr said. "We're still learning about the greenhouse and how to run it."

This is the third year the biology classes have hosted the sale for teachers and students, but Darr said they decided to open it up to the public this year because of the volume of plants. The greenhouse must be cleared out because it is shut down during the summer, but Darr said there are more than 1,000 plants this year and she didn't think the teachers and students would be able to buy all of them.

"We have more plants this year than we've ever had," she said. "We would just like everybody to see the greenhouse and what we're doing out here."

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