ROCKVILLE — As the semester winds up at Solano Community College, the school’s horticulture program gets to reap the benefits of months of work with the semi-annual plant sale.
As the sale prepared to wrap up Saturday, horticulture instructor Ken Williams said he was pleased with the results of the three-day sale.
On average, the sales bring in around $3,000, which goes toward funding scholarships for the associates degree program, paying for a host of gardening periodicals for students and club members and going toward seeds for the plants to be raised through the course of the next several months.
“It goes to a good cause. This past semester we gave out $700 in scholarships and then this past year – we’ve always done hand tagging with all of our plants – but this year we bought a printer that we can type in the name of the plant and print out a tag instead of hand writing – and those are about $4,500,” Williams said.
This week’s sale, of course, focused on holiday decorations including wreaths and swags, or door hangers.
“We probably did somewhere around 80 wreaths for sale and then the swags,” Williams said.
The sales are twice a year with one in December and the other a week before Mothers Day.
“All the work is done by our (horticulture) club members or our students,” Williams said. “We have a horticulture club with about 85 members right now.”
About 65 of those members are non-students and around 20 are students, Williams said.
“Because you don’t have to be a student to be a part of our horticulture club,” he added.
The club meets 11 months of the year, and each monthly meeting features a speaker. Starting with the new semester the club will meet the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the horticulture building, Building 1000 on the Rockville campus at 4000 Suisun Valley Road.
Anyone can join the club for a nominal fee, Williams said.
The club provides a big chunk of the labor in preparing for the plant sales, too.
“Club members, and we have two programs, the associates degree program and the adapted horticulture program for disabled students,” Williams said. “They’re the ones who do about 95 percent of the propagating and take care of our grounds here and the volunteers and club members put all these things together.”
The volunteer sheet in the horticulture building totals out to between 400 and 600 hours each time, Williams said.
All told, it was a successful sale.
“Any money we make to help the program is always successful,” Williams said.
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