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High school plant sale a learning tool

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:56 a.m. CDT
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(Doug Oleson – doleson@shawmedia.com)
Genoa-Kingston ag teacher Annica Hulstedt (right) supervises senior Molly Caldwell as she waters some of the plants on sale.

GENOA – Pam Whittenhall knew exactly what she was looking for: everything.

"I always get my geraniums and coleus here," she said as she browsed the plants at the Genoa-Kingston High School plant sale last week. A lot of other plants went home with her because they just happened to catch her eye.

"I come every year to support the students," she said. "I think it's great the kids do this."

According to GKHS horticulture teacher Annica Hulstedt, the main purpose of the sale is to give high school students a chance to learn about a wide variety of plants.

"It's more for the experience of the kids than to make any money," she said. The sale usually brings in just enough money to keep the program going from year to year, she said.

Hulstedt said the students start cultivating seeds and plugs in the middle of February to have them ready for this time of year, when people are looking to plant.

Senior Molly Caldwell is participating in her third plant sale. Besides learning the names of the plants, she is also studying how they fast they grow and what conditions they need to grow best.

"I love doing this so much, I want to be a horticulture teacher," she said.

The G-K plant sale will continue through this weekend in the greenhouse behind the west side of the high school, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Hulstedt said any unsold plants will be distributed to local churches.

"We usually sell most of them," she said.

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