The Michigan State Student Horticulture Association is holding its 30th annual spring show and plant sale at the Plant Soil Sciences Building this weekend from April 13 to 14.
The sale gives students the chance to show off their landscaping and greenhouse skills. Funds from this event will cover expenses for scholarships, competitions, trips to conferences and for traveling to horticulture industry trade shows.
President of the Student Horticulture Association Cheyenne Sloan said they began preparing for the spring show well in advance.
“We start preparing for the spring show once we step onto campus in fall semester,” Sloan said. "It happens every year in the spring — because of it, dues are super duper low. It's only twenty bucks a year for students to be members.”
Statewide companies provide the plant materials for sale. Students in the Department of Horticulture provided the seeds and plugs.
“All of our plants are grown by us, grown by donations from different industry members in the area, all across the state,” Sloan said. "It's really cool because you don't really realize how big Michigan is in greenhouse and plants until you see where we are getting our donations.”
Each year, the show has a theme. Last year's theme was, "Over the River and Through the Woods" and this year's theme is, "Up North Living," which will feature a camping, cabin-type of landscape.
“Every single cent people spend at the spring show goes directly to students,” Sloan said. “It helps us not only gain skills and networking opportunities, but it also gives us a chance to meet other people. It helps us connect with other people in the department and network.”
Sloan also mentioned almost every student in the club — including herself — is guaranteed a job or a internship after graduation.
All age groups are welcome to attend the spring show and plant sale. Younger kids will be able to engage in garden activities. Events take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14.
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