Horticulture funds bloom due to flower sale


Michelle Bull, a Horticulture major, puts the finishing touches on her welcome chalkboard to draw student attention to their weekly floral sale. The sale takes place every Thursday with prices starting at 1.50.

Brandon Nelson and Brandon Nelson

Every girl loves flowers, or so the stereotype goes. If that stereotype holds true then American River College’s Horticulture department covers every guy who is in hot water with his girlfriend.

Every Thursday the ARC Horticulture department hosts a floral sale in the student center.

The flower sales have been going on for quite some time now. While the horticulture department hasn’t always sold flowers, they have been selling various plants since 1988, but they have only been selling in the student center for about a year now.

The sale started this semester on Thursday, Sept. 4. The flowers are provided by the horticulture department classes which is why the selection  was smaller compared the selection from last semester.

As the semester rolls on students are expected to see a wider variety of floral arrangements to choose from.

Sales vary from day to day, but the sales may be good one day they may be down another.

“We sell more on valentine’s day and mothers day but each day is different,” Horticulture Intern Midori Lane said.

Prices also vary at the sale. Flowers could cost as low as $1.50 and rise from there.

“We sell at a reasonable price,” Lane explained as she talked about the sales prices.

“We are selling it (the flowers) to raise money to fund our Floral department and horticulture department,” music major Helen Yanovskiy said.

“The proceeds will go to helping out the department it’s really important because we have a very small budget.”

The horticulture department at ARC is also trying to start a farmers market at the school.

Not only would they be able to provide fresh flowers for students to bring to their sweethearts or surprise their mom but have fresh organic fruits and veggies on campus should they be permitted to form their farmers market.

The Floral sales will continue every Thursday starting at 10:30 in the morning and runs until 12:30, giving students plenty of time to buy flowers for their special someone.