Annual greenhouse fundraiser arrives in time for mothers

Verbena and begonias and petunias, oh my!

Soon, flowers will line the streets of Forest Grove thanks to the plant crew at Forest Grove High School, and residents can line their patios and porches with the same potted plants.

FGHS will host its annual plant sale May 2, 3 and 4 and 9, 10, 11 as a fundraiser for the school’s Future Farmers of America program, which helps students develop their interests through agricultural education.

Four students — Breana Briney, Cameron Sahnow, Lacretia Taber and Kenneth Ridenour — have been working after school in the greenhouse since January, starting seeds, planting bulbs and watching them grow into plants along with the school’s permaculture class students.

Four greenhouses are stocked full of fuchsias, coleus, geraniums, alyssums, marigolds, vegetable starts, herbs, Million Bells and more, ready to be sold the next two weekends.

Diane Van Dyke has been working with the teens and supervising the greenhouse for eight years — long after her children graduated.

“It’s a great community event. Every year we try something new,” Van Dyke said. “The kids really get into it and it’s a great chance for them to have an after-school job.”

The crew creates and donates 100 hanging flower baskets that adorn light posts in the downtown area over the summer.

Similar 12-, 14- and 16-inch baskets will be for sale, separated into bright and soft color themes.

“We’ve been working and watering a lot,” Van Dyke said. “We want all the plants to find a happy home.”

The sale will be held at Forest Grove High School, 1401 Nichols Lane, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days.

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