Flats of begonias grown by students in the transition program at Lincoln-Way East High School are ready for the annual flower and vegetable plant sale slated for May 4. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 29, 2013 6:06AM
House of Blooms, the student-run greenhouse at Lincoln-Way East High School, will open for business May 4 with a variety of flower and vegetable plants for sale.
About 40 students in the school’s special services transition program have been cultivating annuals such as coleus, geraniums, petunias, marigolds, celosia and zinnia for months. Pepper and tomato plants also will be available.
“This year’s crop is outstanding,” Lincoln-Way East transitional coordinator Joshua Kreske said in a news release.
He has been helping students cultivate the flowers since December.
“The plants are healthy and looking beautiful. Past customers have stated that the flowers they purchased from us last year looked fantastic all summer long and that they are excited to return to our greenhouse this year,” he said.
Students have been working in the greenhouse each day, learning everything from how the greenhouse operates to the different parts of plants. They named the business House of Blooms. The goal of the project is to help students learn various job skills.
“The combination of the hands-on, real-life experience along with the development of the greenhouse curriculum serves as a meaningful educational opportunity,” Lincoln-Way East special services coordinator Carolyn Brescia said in the news release. “It is my hope that House of Blooms will allow our students to grow academically, further develop and enhance their social confidence, as well as increase their job opportunities in the future.”
Weekend sales will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on May 4 and May 11 in the greenhouse located behind the tennis courts of the school, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.
Weekday sales will be between 8:30 and 11 a.m. and from 2 to 2:30 p.m. May 6 to May 10 and May 13 to May 17. Prices range from $2 for a six-pack to $12 for a flat.
Proceeds will be used to further develop transitional opportunities and experiences for the school’s special services students.