Polk County ag students helping downtown

Published 8:00 am Friday, April 20, 2018

Students in the Polk County agriculture program have been busy this spring.

This year, they are producing plants for the Tryon Downtown Development Association’s Tryon Blooms project. Plants of both red and white annual Vinca and red New Guinea Impatiens are thriving in the greenhouse at Polk County High School.

“We are so pleased to have our young people grow the plants for the Tryon Blooms project,” said Carol Browning, chairperson of the effort. “As our plants grow and flower this summer, our students will know that they had a hand in beautifying the town.”

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The project started in early February, when the students were given the task to plant pre-sprouted plants, also known as “plugs”. Currently, the plants are attractive and healthy, and will be ready for transplanting in early May.

All of their work was supervised by ag teacher Chauncey Barber.

On Friday, May 4, the TDDA, the town of Tryon, Tryon Garden Club, Green Blades Garden Club, Daffy Jill’s Garden Club and the Polk County High School FFA will be arranging and delivering outdoor planters to downtown businesses in Tryon.

-Submitted by Jamie Carpenter