Boyle County FFA Greenhouse Opens Annual Sale Monday – The Advocate-Messenger

The Boyle County FFA Greenhouse is hosting its annual plant sale opening on Monday, April 18. The greenhouse will be open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The sale will continue until May 14.

The greenhouse is located behind Boyle County High School. There is a sign that says Boyle County FFA Greenhouse. People can park in one of the side parking lots and they don’t have to walk through the high school building to get there.

Rows of plant pots line the greenhouse, filled with ornamental flowers, succulents, hanging baskets, herbs and vegetables. The greenhouse is run entirely by students and the profits go to the students.

High school students begin greenhouse course in the fall with class work taught by Ashlin Kendrick. They learned about plant processes, germination, fertilization, nutrition and other basic skills. In the spring semester, the students began planting and greenhouse work.

They grew vegetables and other plants from seeds in the germination chamber of the greenhouse. FFA president and high school senior Jake Lyons said the greenhouse class is so popular that it fills up when registration opens.

Many students have to wait until they are in the upper class to take it. The student in the class, Kennedy Fowler, said she had been waiting to attend the class since 6th grade.

“I love coming here and helping the community as well as the FFA,” Fowler said. “I’m not fully involved in FFA, but in middle school I was a lot more, and I remember coming to high school to see the greenhouse.”

Any Boyle County FFA chapter student must also be enrolled in an agriculture course. The proceeds from the sale of the greenhouse are partially intended for the supply of plants for next year, and the rest is intended to support the FFA. The money helps fund scholarships for students to attend FFA camps, pay for competition expenses, travel and other FFA chapter functions.

New to the greenhouse this year are snapdragons, more vegetables and fewer flowers. Kendrick said last year the vegetables sold out quickly. Now they sell about 10 varieties of tomatoes, about five varieties of peppers, cucumbers, squash, and 10 types of herbs.

Back by popular demand, “puns in a pot” plants. The colorful jars contain puns painted in calligraphy, such as “don’t stop leafing”, “I’m wetting my plants”, “bibbidi bobbidi bloom”, and more.

“We did a little test last year to see if the pot puns would sell, and they sold like that,” Lyons said.

The students spent an entire week painting these pots and putting the puns on. A student painted some of the calligraphy by hand.

Kendrick said they usually sell almost all the plants. A local landscaping company will purchase whatever remains.

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