Sowing Sequim’s students

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Each year following Memorial Day, bright flower baskets line Washington Street thanks to the efforts of students at Sequim High School and community volunteers.

Since 1997, students in the agriculture program have grown flower baskets for Sequim.

For the past few years, about 140 baskets are placed in the city before the busy summer months.

Kristi Short, agriculture and horticulture instructor, said the baskets are grown at the high school’s greenhouse, completed, then taken to the City of Sequim’s greenhouse for distribution.

Students on a rotating schedule water the baskets three times a week at the city’s greenhouse.

High schooler McKenna Ridgway, 15, said working in the greenhouse is fun.

“I didn’t think I would be the plant type because I’ve never gardened or worked with plants, but it’s all right,” she said.

Each basket is available for sponsorship by a business or individual.

Basket sponsorships benefit the agriculture program and Sequim’s annual Christmas lights display along Washington Street.

Minimum sponsorships go for $100 with sponsors’ names displayed on green tags with the creators’ name on the other. Co-sponsorships are available.

Those interested in sponsorship can reach Emily Westcott at 683-0183.

Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave,, also runs a plant sale to benefit the agriculture and FFA programs.

It runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, except Friday, May 28, and Monday, May 31, through June 17.  

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