NCTC Horticulture to host plant sale

Elizabeth F. Abu | Apr 16, 2018

The North Central Texas College Horticulture Program will be hosting a plant sale on Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to noon at the Henry Spaeth Agriculture Building on the Gainesville campus.  The sale is a class project for the Greenhouse Management students.

 “The plant sale gives our students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom and raise multiple crops from seeds and cuttings,” said Horticulture Instructor Ashley Hartman. “It also gives them the chance to become familiar with the greenhouse systems and operations. This form of experiential learning is very important in the Horticulture Program.”

The sale will have a wide variety of plants, including bedding plants, butterfly plants, house plants, perennials, annuals, and more.

“This year, we are primarily focusing on hardy perennials for our area such as salvia, summer phlox and autumn sedum,” said Hartman. “We also have a variety of herbs like thyme, rosemary, mint, lemon basil, and of course, everyone asks about succulents – we have lots of those as well!”  A full plant list will be published on the NCTC Agriculture Facebook page.

The physical address for the sale is 625 County Road 304, Gainesville, TX.  Cash and checks are accepted, and funds will be used to support Horticulture Program projects and educational opportunities.

“Preparing for the plant sale has taught me so many aspects of greenhouse management including propagating, caring, and organizing larger amounts of plants as well as building a plant inventory, learning scientific names and plant families, and understanding specific care and characteristics of each plant,” said Horticulture Management student Lindsey Ebert.