August 2012 Newsletter (vol.10)   >>   Step Out of the Classroom and Into a Greenhouse

School Greenhouse

 

Do you have a school greenhouse and want to make it more of a useful learning tool? Do you have a greenhouse that has fallen into disuse and would like it restored? Is your school contemplating building or purchasing a new greenhouse? If you answer yes to any of these questions, what are you waiting for? When students step into a greenhouse, it is clear that the classroom walls have disappeared and there is an opportunity to study new and exciting things. Within a greenhouse, students can experiment with water movement, pollination, nutrition, different plant species and cultivars, and so much more.

 

The following is a list of reasons to either use or build a greenhouse at your school:

  • Prepares students for careers in the horticulture industry
  • Provides the classroom and instructor with tools needed to teach horticulture effectively
  • Demonstrates various techniques of benching, fertigation, irrigation, germination, lighting, water quality, media choices and others that are difficult to demonstrate in a classroom
  • Demonstrates equipment that is used in the industry, giving students practical hands on experience
  • Provides workspace for students, giving them the opportunity to experiment and work on various growing projects
  • Cultivates the entrepreneurial student by allowing them to learn effective lessons in business
  • Provides a year round project to engage students (see Figure 1)
  • Students experience plant production from start to finish

 

Having a greenhouse not only helps students educationally, but also emotionally.  America In Bloom did a study that tells how being around plants helps kids.  The following is some of the results:

  • Improves concentration
  • Boosts creativity
  • Improves memory
  • Enhances health
  • Improves grades
  • Increases accountability/responsibility

 

Integrating a greenhouse as a learning environment offers boundless opportunities for promoting student responsibility.  As you can see, the benefits of building a greenhouse or making your greenhouse more useful are huge, so what are you waiting for?

 

Call Brooke (800-325-3055 ext 1130) in our greenhouse department and inquire about renovating your existing greenhouse or constructing a completely new one.  We can help you with it all! 

 

Calendar for Schools and Plants & Cutting:

January February March
Ordergarden mums

Order poinsettias

Plant spring crops

Schedule around spring break

Mums should be ordered

April May June
Sell spring plants Plant garden mums

Schools out

Make a watering schedule

July August September

Vacation

Continue watering schedlue

Plant poinsettias Sell mums
October November December
Sell mums Order spring crops before Thanksgiving

Sell poinsettias

Spring plants should be ordered and confirmed

 

For more information on the benefits of plants:

The Power of Plants

 

Sources:

Discovering the Surprising Side of Plants: www.americainbloom.org 
School Greenhouse Guide: http://www/kidsgardening.org/node/1004