Hort Club sale offers plants, help

Stephanie Veldman

In celebration of the group’s centennial, members of the ISU Horticulture Club will be selling annual and perennial plants, hosting speakers and holding interactive displays during Veishea this weekend.

The sale will take place in the greenhouses south of Horticulture Hall today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be speaker presentations all day Saturday in Room 118 of Horticulture Hall.

Dana Drew, member of the club, said the purpose of the event is to promote horticulture.

“The message we are trying to send out to people is it is fun to deal with horticulture,” said Drew, senior in horticulture. “Maybe it isn’t something they have dealt with before, so hopefully, they will be able to learn new things.”

Club member Brad Tabke, junior in horticulture, estimated the club made about $2,250 last year at the sale, and he hopes to increase the amount this year with the extra activities they are hosting.

“When the money [from the fund-raisers] comes in, we use it for the Hort Club general funds,” Tabke said. “The money is used to sponsor trips for the club to go to conferences, arboretums and other activities.”

Tabke said the Hort Club will also have many interactive displays set up that both kids and adults will be encouraged to try.

“Be sure to stop out, because even if you don’t purchase anything, there are many activities to participate in and many things to learn about horticulture through the interactive displays,” Drew said.

Some of the displays include learning how to arrange flowers, to plant seedlings and to examine plant tissues under a microscope.

“We want to make sure that kids stop by our interactive displays and plant a plant,” Drew said.

The seminars and displays are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

* 10 a.m., Ken Walter — Water Gardening

* 10:45 a.m., Richard Jauron — Perennials for Shade

* 1:30 p.m., Linda Naeve — Kids and Seeds

* 2:15 p.m., Jeff Iles — Crabapple Trees

* 3 p.m., James Romer — Dahlias

* 3:45 p.m., Country Landscapes — Designs

* 4:30 p.m., Paula Flynn — Plant Diseases

Iles, associate professor in horticulture, said he hopes people stop by to listen to the seminars because they cover such a wide variety of topics.

“Crabapple trees are always a popular topic this time of year because they are very pretty trees in the spring,” Iles said. “There are a lot of excellent selections of crabapples. I will be talking about some of the better ones to plant.”