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School plants sales enrich students, local gardeners

Photo by Emily Wamsley Students in the Elma High School FFA Chapter prepare baskets while surrounded by petunias, geraniums and marigolds for their upcoming plant sale.
Photo by Emily Wamsley Students in the Elma High School FFA Chapter prepare baskets while surrounded by petunias, geraniums and marigolds for their upcoming plant sale.
Pansies grow in the Montesano High greenhouse prior to the school FFA club’s annual plant sale.
Pansies grow in the Montesano High greenhouse prior to the school FFA club’s annual plant sale.

East County high school students will show off their green thumbs at their annual spring plants sales in the coming weeks.

The Elma High School FFA Chapter is hosting its annual Elma FFA spring plant sale May 5 through May 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The greenhouse is located behind the high school, near Davis Field.

Students enrolled in plant biology classes at the high school grow a variety of hanging baskets, zonal geraniums, begonias, impatiens, petunias, trailing plants and more. These plants are sold to the public. The teens practice their plant knowledge as they assist customers with botanical questions and transact the sale.

Elma High School plant biology students are testing their green thumbs in the school’s greenhouse. The greenhouse serves as a plant science lab utilized for hands-on learning.

Meanwhile, the Montesano High FFA Club is busily preparing for its annual plant sale, where numerous varieties of plants and flowers will be available for purchase May 2 through May 9.

There will be million bells, bacopa and fuchsia baskets. Also available will be sunflowers, geraniums, marigolds, dianthus, petunias, begonias, lobelia, hotlips and pansies. There will also be a number of color bowls made up with a variety of flowers. And for all the vegetable growers, there are starts of cabbage, romaine lettuce, spinach, green peppers, cucumbers, cilantro, chives and tomato plants.

The high school greenhouse will be open to the public on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, May 5- 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.