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Busy Week for Horticulture

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Students in the CTE Horticulture, Landscaping & Floral Design program at the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs had a busy first week back from the holiday break. They returned to two big projects that gave them great hands on experience and early job training.  

The bigger project involved floral design for a wedding party. The class interviewed the bride, found out what she wanted, showed her photos and designed the arrangements. It involved product ordering, costing and planning. Students created a full package consisting of 10 centerpieces, a bridal bouquet, corsages and boutonnieres for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and even rose petals for the flower girl to toss during the wedding ceremony. The students used white and pink hydrangeas, white and blush roses, white matthiola, and eucalyptus.

Instructor Doug Fleischut said, “it was great for the students to gain experience. It doesn’t get any more authentic than that - a real wedding and a real bride.”

Fleischut said the class tries to accommodate special events as often as timing in the curriculum allows. 

“It was nice being able to work as a team to get the job done,” said Lillian Battista of Corinth CSD, who was the head florist on the job. 

At the same time the class worked on the wedding, they also created 17 centerpieces with roses and greens for the Galway Fire Department Annual Dinner.

A key take away for both the morning and afternoon classes from these projects was time management. “We got some great experience with scheduling and managing tasks under pressure,” said Battista

This will come in handy, especially for Battista, since she hopes to get a job in a flower shop after graduation.

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