Spring in full bloom: MSU’s Horticulture Club organizes next week’s annual plant sale

Contact: Chloe Madison

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The MSU Horticulture Club is hosting its annual spring plant sale. Bright and beautiful annuals and perennials cultivated by Mississippi State students will be available for purchase at the Dorman Hall greenhouses over the two-day event Friday, April 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Madelyn Gresham, a senior horticulture major from Chicago, is the club’s president. She said annual spring flowers such as petunias, coleus, geraniums and more will be offered at the sale. Perennials also will be available, as well as herbs and vegetables.

Gresham emphasized the extensive effort of the club’s greenhouse managers to prepare for the weekend sale.

A variety of plants at the MSU Dorman Hall greenhouses
A variety of plants are prepared for the MSU Horticulture Club's annual spring plant sale. (Photo submitted)

“They analyze past sales records and current trends to see what consumers want. They also order and raise the plants, fertilize and create watering schedules,” she said.

Wesley Rainey of Hattiesburg, a greenhouse student manager majoring in horticulture with a concentration in fruit and vegetable production and food science, said the sale is a group effort.

“We have a selection of house plants that we’ve been working hard to propagate. Club members are very involved with the growing process as they help the greenhouse managers plant, water, seed and propagate. We also tend to the plant’s health through regular check-ins and treatments if needed,” he said.  

Sale proceeds are used to fund the club’s activities, future plant sales and greenhouse maintenance. The club accepts cash, check and Venmo payment methods.

The club has biweekly meetings, and anyone is welcome to join. If you are interested in joining the MSU Horticulture Club or want more details on the plant sale, please contact Madelyn Gresham at mfg106@msstate.edu or Horticulture Professor and Club Advisor Richard Harkess at rlh18@msstate.edu for more information.

Learn more about the horticulture major in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at https://www.pss.msstate.edu/students/floriculture.php.      

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