Horticulture club grows plants, students

Linda Cruz (left), Shara Roten, Corinn Sprigler and Lindsey Humphrey (right) transplant plants allowing their roots to further expand in the soil in the greenhouse behind the Environmental Science and Technology Building on April 8, 2015. The Horticulture Club will be selling plants at the Environmental Science and Technology Building Friday, April 10, to fund materials for their club and their summer trip. Last Friday was their first sale of the semester and they made over $100. Nicole Boliaux/ HERALD

Samantha Wright

The greenhouse behind the Environmental Sciences and Technology Building is blooming in the fresh spring weather, as the various flora and fauna begin to show their true, vibrant colors.

All flowers were planted by members of the Horticulture Club, a campus organization focused toward lovers of things that grow.

However, Corinn Sprigler, the president of the Horticulture Club, said the club serves more purpose than just gardening. 

“It’s important to bring the people with similar interest together and to help each other grow as well as growing their plants,” she said. 

The club, which meets the first Wednesday of every month, has several sales throughout the year. Sprigler said these help build real life business experience.

Poinsettias are sold in December, roses in February and the club is planning  the inaugural Flower Friday this week. Starting this week, they will sell flowers and other plants every other Friday in the lobby of EST. Funds raised from these sales can occasionally lead to club trips. Last summer, students visited the National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

Linda Cruz, secretary of the Horticulture Club, said she joined to find people with similar interests. 

“I don’t meet a lot of horticulture students in the Agriculture department, so it was a good way to get to know the horticulture students,” she said. 

Martin Stone, an agriculture professor and the club’s advisor, said the Horticulture Club is a good way for students to make long lasting connections. 

“This club is a chance for like-minded students, mostly horticulture majors but not necessarily, to gather in a social setting, to get to know each other,” he said. “Your strongest bonds and network connections are often made while you’re in college. It’s a chance to socially and professionally network.”