Horticulture students refurbish local greenhouse

Margaret Anne “Margo” Duckson of Sanford, N.C., a doctoral student in food science and technology and a member of the Horticulture Club, spreads gravel in the remodeled greenhouse at Harding Avenue Elementary School in Blacksburg, Va.

Margaret Anne “Margo” Duckson of Sanford, N.C., a doctoral student in food science and technology and a member of the Horticulture Club, spreads gravel in the remodeled greenhouse at Harding Avenue Elementary School in Blacksburg, Va.

Students in the Horticulture Club planted a seed for the next generation of leaders in the green industry by rebuilding a greenhouse at Harding Avenue Elementary School in Blacksburg, Va.

“The remodeled greenhouse creates a dedicated space for the children’s science projects,” said Barbara Kraft, the club’s co-advisor and a horticulture instructor.

Thanks to a $600 grant from the university’s Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnership and donations from Puckett Plants and Greenhouses in Patrick County, Va., club members laid gravel, sanded and painted benches, and replaced the siding and doors of the greenhouse.

The club’s vice president, Matthew Cox of Floyd, Va., said he appreciated the opportunity to give back to the community.

“Horticultural programs such as the greenhouse project help school-age children gain an appreciation for plant science,” said Cox, a first-year landscape architecture major.

The Horticulture Club adopts a local community project each year.

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