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Horticulture students grow native plants for annual sale

West Grove, PA – The Chester County Technical College HighSchool (TCHS) Horticulture & Landscape Horticulture student Tyler BoyerGardening program is helping ring inspring by opening their greenhouse doors to the community for their annualplant sale May 2 through May 6 from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. and noon until 2:00p.m. The sale will take place at TCHS located at 280 Pennock’s Bridge Road inWest Grove.

Support horticulture students at TCHS by taking part in theirannual plant sale. All proceeds will benefit students by funding educationalopportunities such as fieldtrips to gardens and horticulture seminars, andpurchasing classroom materials such as seeds. In return, the students will offer their knowledge to thecommunity.

According to Heidi Militana, horticulture programinstructor, the sale will offer the public an opportunity to learn skilledgardening techniques for free.

“The students will be available to offer advice ontechniques such as planting and upkeep of low-maintenance gardens using thestudent-grown perennials, and native plantscaping,” said Militana. “Nativeplantscaping is an exciting technique that gives yards an attractive, creativelook while reducing or eliminating water and chemical use, and increasing andimproving wildlife habitat and watershed stewardship.”

Students in the Horticulture & Landscape Gardeningprogram have access to cutting-edge facilities designed to enhance theirinterests and skills, including a state-of-the-art greenhouse, computer-aideddrafting programs, a plant tissue culture lab, and GPS/GIS technology.Horticulture students are also committed to community service. For example,program students will be growing food for the Chester County Food Cupboard.

In addition, students have the opportunity to participate ina special partnership with Longwood Gardens, one of the world's premierhorticultural display gardens.Students receive real-world experience working with Longwood'sprofessional horticultural staff.

For more information on the annual plant sale, pleasecontact horticulture program instructor Heidi Militana at 610-345-1800 x2051 orheidim@cciu.org.

The Technical College High School is a joint venture of theChester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) and Delaware County CommunityCollege. As Pennsylvania’s firsthybrid career and technical high school/community college, TCHS offers careerand technical programs for high school students; and, Delaware County CommunityCollege offers associate degree programs to college students. As a public highschool, TCHS is free to high school students.

The most unique aspect of the school is that it offersdual-enrollment classes for high school students that blend career andtechnical programs with associate degree college courses. Students indual-enrollment programs can graduate from high school with up to 16 collegecredits.

Applications are currently being accepted for the ChesterCounty Technical College High School. Interested students can find out moreinformation or apply online by visiting clicking here.

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Chester County Technical College High School(TCHS) Horticulture & Landscape Gardening program is helping ring in springby opening their greenhouse doors to the community for their annual plant saleMay 2 through May 6 from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. and noon until 2:00 p.m. Thesale will take place at TCHS located at 280 Pennock’s Bridge Road in WestGrove. Pictured here, is horticulture student Tyler Boyer who is a junior atKennett High School.