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20 MARCH 27, 2004 Home & T H E C O L U M B I A S T A R " S C Smpp/ng to stud/ theflowem ByArlene Marturano mal'tUl"~oa~zahoo.col-n Gardeners, mark your calendars! One month from today, April 27, marks the opening day of the annual one week plant sale in : usan Collins Lawn, Gar- dening and Gifts Enterprise class in the Richland One Works (ROW) program at Heyward Career and Tech- nology Center in Richland School District One. While students have been studying and working in horticulture since the beginning of the school year in August, by spring they are up to their elbows in potting soil transplanting seedlings and cuttings for the sale. Throughout the year they learn by doing, how to use garden tools, how to maintain a greenhouse, propagate, irrigate, trans- plant, and fertilize plants. The biology of plants is learned while working with the photosynthesizers. Their skills qualify them to main- tain the decorative planters at the front of the school. In addition to the greenhouse nursery, they create garden gifts like tire planters, colorful mosaic tiles, ceramics, and bird feeders. Once a month stu- dents host a farmer's market selling fresh produce through a food. co-op. Stu- dents sort, package, and deliver the fruits and vegeta- bles to co-op members. Collins' class is run like a business. Students clock in to class as if they were at a job, and they are. Her spe- ~al needs students take part school-based enterprises transition students from school to the work force at graduation. Stu- dents keep a career portfo- lio documenting their accomplishments. Their large domed greenhouse looks like a jun- gle as they prepare for the plant sale. Houseplants propagated by cutting and division hang from ceiling Augustine Signe-Talla, teacher aide (back right) works beside Quanisha Shannon while Susan Collins works between Stephanie Stevens (back left) and Reba Hill during transplanting. supports. Coneflowers, datura, and hibiscus are popular perennials sown each year. Flats of marigold and verbe- na will be in flower by late April. Pentas are already in bloom. Gourds, tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini will be available as will herbs like agastache, oregano, thyme, and rose- mary. Tree seedlings will be for sale too. Everything sold has been grown by students and 100 percent of the rev- enue raised goes back into the program. Funds are used to renew supplies like premiere Fafard potting soil and to fund student field trips. They will be touring a Charlestown tea plantation this spring. The plant sale runs from April 27 through May 1 from 9 am until 5 pm at the Greenhouse at Heyward Career and Technology Cen- ter, 3560 Lynhaven Drive in Columbia. Plants range in price from one to five dol- lars. Student-made garden gifts will also be for sale. If you would like to con- tribute recyclables to Collins' program, they can use plant containers, blank ceramic tiles, Plexiglas and scrap wood. Just bring it, when you come to the sale. Terrance Davis and Susan Collins prepare the transplant table. Kyuanna Downing removes any weeds from plant pots. Jun e in Your Yard? Now is the time to tame itl Tackling an over.~rown 9ard is alwags a challenge, butch fall ant] winter it's ~aster, easier - ant] tess ex~ensive - than at an9 other Lime ot- 9ear. for meticulous work with lasting results, call Junsle Taming ocla l Ku nze People and trees, through Contributed by Columbia Green Columbia Green and Historic Columbia Founda- tion present a tree work- shop to be held Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street. This informative, one- day seminar will feature three separate workshops on Tree Pruning: Learn how all trees can benefit from proper pruning techniques. Tree Health Care: From insects to diseases, discov- er what ails your trees and shrubs, and how you can raise healthier plants. Tree Planting: Learn how to choose the perfect speci- men tree for your needs and how to plant it for maximum growth poten- tial. Speakers and seminars feature trained arborists from Columbia's leading tree care firm, Sox and Freeman. Participants will also receive a free seedling from Sox and Freeman, and drawings will be held for other prizes. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as all work- shops will take place out- doors. The seminar is free to Columbia Green and His- toric Columbia Foundation members who pre--register, $10 to non-members who pre-register by March 28, 2009. Both members and non-members who have not pre-registered, may attend the event for $15 at the door. To register for this workshop, visit www.col- or call 803-254-7595. Travel the world with BrussellsI My name is Brussells, but I go by Manny. I'm a handsome 9 month old HOund mix. I'm an active boy who loves to mn and pla~fi so I'll need a home that can accommo- date my energy level. I'm a friendly guy who loves people andam always wagging my tail. I'm a happy and affectionate guy who's ready to find my forever home with a big backyard for me to play in, and a place to feel safe and ....... loved. Bmssells is a very intelligent and ener- Brussels getic hound mix, who needs a family to engage and challenge ~ Brussells is very loving and wants to please his foster family. Brussells is good with other dogs and loves to play Brussells is ready to be someone~ best friend. Take me home toda~ Contact Traci at (803) 622-4748, or Provide a loving home to Double the fun with Ariel Cagney . and NemoI Roshawn Salley carries a tray of new trans- plants inside the greenhouse at Heyward. 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For more information, contact Patrick Ctmningham at 803-732-0104 or pcun- Cagney Ariel and Nemo Ariel and Nemo are Cagney is a 7-month- miniature pinschers raised as old, darling Red Tick hound puppies together. Both dogs are wonderful and are bonded that came to SQRescue with together. They make a great his sister Lacy. He used to fol, low his sister around and didn't pair and splitting them UP is not an option: Ariel is an affec- eat. It was discovered later tionate 6-year-old who loves to from the veterinary eye special- be cuddled and baby talked to. ist that the retina was detached in both his eyes and Nemo, on the other hand, is a he is blind. Cagney is in great darling 7-year-old with a great personality! They are corn- need of a loving and caring pletely housebroken, and will home by the end of March. His make a wonderful addition to a time is running out. Cagney's home with a retired person. foster morn can't say enough Their previous owner had to about how sweet, wonderful, and loving Cagney is though he give them up due to medical issues. Currently, Ariel and is blind. He is neutered, and Nemo are living in a boarding up-to-date with his vaccina- tions. If you could find it in ke.nnel but they are in great your heart to provide a loving need of a foster or forever h home for him, please call 788- ome. To meet Ariel and Nemo, 1889 or email at please call 788-1889 or emafl, at b