NORFOLK, Neb. – Now that spring has sprung, master gardeners and hobbyists are itching to get to work. And the Northeast Community College Horticulture Club is prepared to help. The club will host a Plant Fair on Sat., April 24, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Northeast’s Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex, 2301 E. Benjamin Ave, in Norfolk. Admission is free.
Agriculture and Horticulture Instructor Dr. Tee Bush and her students are excited to host the inaugural event.
“The Horticulture club students and I are looking forward to host this event for the community in order to generate awareness for our program and club while also creating an opportunity for members of the community to interact with our students while purchasing plants and getting their questions answered.”
Bush said there will be multiple plants for sale during the event, including vegetable seedlings, houseplants, succulents, and a limited number of banana trees.
“We will have over 2,000 plants available for purchase,” Bush said. “Each year the students grow these plants through their nursery/greenhouse management and plant propagation classes. Additionally, the Horticulture Club sells over 250 poinsettias during the winter holiday season.”
Northeast Horticulture program students will be available to answer questions, provide plant advice, and guide visitors on plant purchases. Delivery assistance to vehicles in the Pohlman parking lot will also be provided.
Students in the College’s Horticulture and Golf Course management program develop skills in lawn care, nursery, garden center management, greenhouse production, landscape management practices, golf course grounds and clubhouse management, sports fields, and business and personnel development practices.
This includes the effect of the environment and cultural practices on plant growth and development. Emphasis is placed on plant identification, pest identification, and proper selection of plant materials. Students also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working at a local 18-hole golf course. In addition, they can supplement classroom activities and gain work experience in the horticulture industry of their choice through a cooperative internship.
Opportunities in the field are expected to grow, particularly in the golf course and landscape industries, particularly golf course management, landscape design, floral design, and athletic grounds management.
To learn more about the program, visit, northeast.edu/degrees-and-programs/horticulture-and-golf-course-management.
Dr. Tee Bush, agriculture and horticulture instructor at Northeast Community College (center), visits with Horticulture and Golf Course Management students Austin Huddle, of Mullen, and Katlyn Fonseca, of O’Neill, in the College greenhouse as they prepare for the program’s upcoming plant fair. The event will be held Sat., April 24, at Northeast’s Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex in Norfolk.