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Students say it with flowers for Mother’s Day

Darrian Ryce, a Grade 12 student at Sardis secondary, waters marigolds at the school
Darrian Ryce, a Grade 12 student at Sardis secondary, waters marigolds at the school's greenhouse in preparation for this Saturday's annual Mother's Day Plant Sale.
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What says mom better than bright coloured flowers?

Bright coloured flowers grown by teenagers.

Sardis secondary is hosting its 28th Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale on May 10 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The school’s greenhouse is filled with purples, pinks, reds, and greens; baskets, pots, planters, and annuals; petunias, dahlias, heliotropes and begonias; marigolds, pansies, snap dragons, and violas.

And more.

Grade 11 and 12 students in the sustainable resources courses have been planting and growing flowers all spring in anticipation of the annual sale.

The students will also be the ones manning the one-day sale. They’ll be setting up at 6 a.m., running the till, up-selling floral beauty, and cleaning up straight through to 3 p.m.

“They’re running it,” said teacher Joe Massie. “They’re doing all the work.”

Funds raised at the Mother’s Day Plant Sale provides several opportunities for the sustainable resources program. It helps with program development, this year specifically with the Richardson Avenue expansion. It funds field trips to poultry and dairy farms, fisheries, and big-scale greenhouses. It also contributes to a scholarship offered every year for students taking the sustainable resources 12 course.

All plants not sold are donated to retirement homes, Gwynne Vaughan Park, and the City of Chilliwack.

Flowers range from $2 to $30.

For more information on prices and availability, visit the website www.sites.google.com/site/sustainableresources12.

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