Grade 8 students at Annandale Public School have been busy in the greenhouse preparing for the school's annual plant sale, which starts Thursday, May 4th.
Open weekdays from 3:45-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9-2, the sale will run approximately two weeks, or until they sell out.
"A lot of it goes the first day," said Annandale teacher Brad Baxter. "Fewer kids this year, so we might not go as long."
Everyone is welcome to browse and purchase plants. Students work the sales register and help the customers.
This year there is a range of bedding plants, including Alyssum, Coleus, Cosmos, Geranium, Impatiens, Marigold and Petunia (and many more)... vegetables (peppers - two varieties, and three varieties of tomatoes), herbs including Basil, Oregano, Sage, Parsley and Chives... and 12-inch hanging baskets.
Proceeds from the affordably priced plants go to support the Science program, sustaining the greenhouse, and other learning opportunities at Annandale Public School.
"We plant them and water them," said student Raeya Hollingshead, noting they've been working in the greenhouse 'a few months.'
"These were transplanted," said Robert Roswell, next to a large section of 'plugs'. "We started a couple weeks before winter ended (March)."
"We plant seeds and transplant them," Baxter explained. "Half of them are from seed, the other ones we transplant plugs. It's about 50-50."
In addition to discovering all the different varieties, said Hollingshead, they learned how to take care of the plants.
"They are still in the midst of learning some things," said Baxter.
The plant sale opens Thursday, May 4th (3:45-7 p.m.), the same day as the Annandale Grizzlies Open House, which is 4:30-7 p.m.
During the open house, class visits are 4:30-5:15 p.m. The PTA will be selling hot dogs at 5 p.m.
Other Open House highlights include a classic car show, mad scientist show, face painting, games, dance entertainment, and emergency response vehicles.