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CHS Plant Sale returns April 2

Posted: March 26, 2014 - 6:53pm
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Whitney Meeks, right, and Lexus Hadden, center, work on potting plants at Conway High School. The Conway High School Plant Sale will take place in April, and students like Meeks and Hadden have helped prepare the plants to be able to sell.
Whitney Meeks, right, and Lexus Hadden, center, work on potting plants at Conway High School. The Conway High School Plant Sale will take place in April, and students like Meeks and Hadden have helped prepare the plants to be able to sell.

Spring is officially here, and Conway High School is helping community members with a jump start to their gardens.

The Conway High School Plant Sale will begin April 2 and will continue until the plants are gone, Randy Romeo said.

Romeo, CHS agriculture teacher, said the greenhouse sale has been an annual event for about 25 years.

“At first we really didn’t have a greenhouse worthy of growing sellable plants,” said Romeo, who has been teaching at CHS for 29 years. “Once we got it, then we started basically selling tomatoes and peppers. Now we’ve branched out into perennials, all kinds of annuals, hanging baskets, trees and of course peppers and tomatoes.”

Romeo, along with Lio Gilmore, has been teaching students proper potting techniques, plant care and greenhouse operations. Students are also taught about seed germination, types of soil and fertilizers and what each plant needs to grow properly.

“The money goes back into the program,” Romeo said. “It’s in a special fund just for the greenhouse operation in the spring.”

The sale usually brings in about $15,000, which covers things for the next year.

The plant sale will start April 2. It will take place during school hours at the greenhouse on campus behind the career center.

For more information, call the greenhouse’s direct line at 501-450-4897.

(Staff writer Angela Spencer can be reached by email at angela.spencer@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1212. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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