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OSU Horticulture Club hosts plant sale

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Flowers in a garden featured in the Payne County Garden Tour on June 10.

The Oklahoma State University Horticulture Club and Landscape Management Club hosted the 44th annual Spring Plant Sale on April 13.

From ordering the plants, to taking care of them to helping sell them, the sale gave students hands-on experience.

“It is great to see how much effort the students put into it and how the public supports it,” said associate professor and Horticulture Club advisor, Bruce Dunn. “The students can see the process from start to finish. It is also a great opportunity for the community to come out and experience a plant sale and get some good quality plants.”

The sale is planned primarily by students, Dunn said.

“I leave it to the students to plan,” Dunn said. “I help move things along. The students, especially the officers, have a huge impact on the sale. We start preparing and ordering plants in the fall.”

The clubs have a very active part in planning the sale and taking care of the plants, Dunn added.

“This is not just something where the students just plant them and show up,” Dunn said. “A lot of time and planning goes into the sale, they have to take care of them even over events like spring break.”

The sale is set to have a wide variety of plants, including snapdragons, geraniums and sweet potato vines.

“There is a wide variety of plants,” Dunn said. “The [succulents] are great for people who want something low maintenance and would do well in a dorm.”

April 13 was also Mom’s day, Dunn recommended their mixed pots for someone shopping for or with their mom.

“My personal favorite is the butterfly bush,” Dunn said. “It is a perennial, so it requires some maintenance but is a beautiful plant.”

Dunn said a tip for picking out plants was to look for a plant that fills the pot, but to expect quality plants at the sale.

“People can expect locally grown, good quality plants and a unique experience that helps support students,” Dunn said.