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Plant sale under way at Conway High School West

By Carol Rolf

This article was published April 1, 2010 at 2:38 a.m.

— Jonquils and Bradford pear trees are abloom in Conway, the first colorful signs of spring and a fruitful growing season. Plants are abloom as well at Conway High School West as Randy Romeo and his agriculture students begin their annual plant sale.

“Everything looks good, and we are ready to go,” said Romeo, who has been sponsoring the sale for more than 20 years.

The sale, which is held in the greenhouses of the Conway Career Center between the baseball/softball fields and the cafeteria on the high school campus, began Wednesday and will continue “until we sell out,” Romeo said. The sale is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Plants include several varieties of hanging baskets, which sell for $8 and $9 each, and a variety of bedding plants, both vegetables and flowers. Tomato and pepper plants - all varieties - are four for $1.40. Salvia, impatiens, marigolds, petunias and moss roses go for $1.60 for four plants. Geranium, lantana and sweet potato vines are $1.75 per plant and mandevilla sells for $7.50 each.

Romeo said all proceeds of the plant sale go back into the program.

Romeo said he has about 100 students who are involved with the plant sale.

“The horticulture classes did most of the work,” he said, noting there are several sub-classes under horticulture - landscape, floriculture, green house management and turf grass.

Other programs in the agriculture program include aquaculture, forestry and environmental resources.

Coleene Gilmore is the other agriculture teacher at the high school. Between the two, they teach 12 agriculture classes.

The agriculture program is part of the Conway Career Center, which is under the direction of Nick Stroman. In addition to agriculture, students may choose to participate in business education, computer engineering, drafting and design, auto collision, construction trades, cosmetology, health science, metal trades, commercial photography and family and consumer sciences.

- crolf@arkansasonline.com

River Valley Ozark, Pages 61 on 04/01/2010

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