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CHS Horticulture keeps things growing
DUVALL The Cedarcrest High Horticulture Department is in
full bloom this spring, thanks to teacher Bianca Linder who started the
program from a seedling.
This is the first year that horticulture is being offered at the school
and student involvement has grown rapidly from only three students in
September to two full classes this term.
"There's a lot of potential here," Linder said. "It's easier to come
when there's nothing and to start something."
"When I first came, I had a classroom that was full of other
people's junk; now it's full of my junk," she added with a laugh.
Though the class and accompanying Horticulture Club just started,
they already have earned respect as a first-class operation. About 30
students entered a window box in the Flower and Garden Show titled "Once
Upon a Time" which featured five handmade mushrooms, flying fairies and a
wood-carved gnome. The students democratically chose what elements to
include in the design and even combined several suggestions to formulate
their idea. And when it was all done, Linder said that she was confident that
her students would impress the judges.
"I had a feeling they would get it," she said. "I promote the kids to be
as creative as they can."
The students have been working on other projects throughout the
year, as well. For every holiday the Horticulture Club was sure to celebrate
it, whether it was to make Evergreen wreaths for Christmas, festive
centerpieces for Thanksgiving or sell single roses for Valentine's Day.
"We started a lot of new traditions this year and I'm really proud of
that," said Horticulture Club President Jessica Druschba.
"Bianca brings a lot of enthusiasm for the new program and she's a
go-getter and she doesn't sit back and wait for people," Principal
Clarence Lavarias said of the 1993 Tolt High graduate. "If she sees that
something needs to be done, she'll get the process rolling."
Next on the agenda for the club is a Mother's Day plant sale/fund
raiser where the students will sell hundreds of annuals, perennials, herbs,
vegetables and baskets. The department will also hold a ribbon cutting
ceremony that week to commemorate the newly erected greenhouse.
"I told them that when they hired me to expect a greenhouse,"
But she wouldn't have been able to do it without the support and
donations from local companies including Cedarcrest PTSA, Carlson
Trucking, Linder Electric and Cherry Valley Plumbing & Heating.
"The program couldn't have gotten to a good start without the help
of the PTSA and community and a lot of volunteers it was a team
effort," Lavarias said. "It cost a lot of
money to put up the greenhouse and without the volunteerism and the
donations from the groups, we could not have done it and we appreciate their
The Horticulture Club's Mother's Day Sale will be held from noon to
5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. All
proceeds will support the horticulture program.