Student-grown flowers planted across Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Horticulture students from Churchland High School are helping beautify the city.

Landscapers with the city of Portsmouth have planted more than 200 flowers in eight different locations. 10 On Your Side was there May 5 as crews planted 50 flowers at the intersection of Effingham Street and London Boulevard.

The Portsmouth Public Schools says the city of Portsmouth purchased the begonias after the students grew more than 500 plants for their Spring Flower Sale.

The class of 18 students spends part of their time in the classroom and part of their time growing plants in the school’s greenhouse. The program is part of the school system’s vocational training offerings.

“I’ve learned about different pesticides that you can’t mix together. I’ve learned what you wear while you are planting and applying pesticides,” said Jakuel Fentress, a first-year student of the program.

Louise Roesser teaches the class that prepares students for employment in landscape design, greenhouse operation, nursery plant production and turf management.

Roesser says profits from the flower sale goes back into purchasing supplies for the student to continue growing.

“I do have some of them who will go on into the field,” said Roesser. “If they don’t, I feel like we are creating gardeners. How can that not be a good thing?”

Those interested in purchasing flowers can visit the Churchland High School greenhouse Monday through Friday in the rear of the school. You can also click here to visit their website.


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