Horticulture Show offers visitors a wet and wild theme

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Water features will be the star of the 99th annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Oct. 6 and 7. Presented by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the show will be held in the Snider Agricultural Arena, diagonally across Park Avenue from Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus.

"Exploring Water in Nature" is the theme of the free event, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is a home football game on Saturday.

For nearly a century, the college's Horticulture Club has put together an annual show that allows visitors the opportunity to explore various aspects of horticulture. The purpose of the show is to engage students in designing, constructing and operating an event that will attract and educate the public about plants and landscaping.

"A variety of water features, such as streams, ponds and fountains, will be displayed in landscape settings that include planting combinations and other landscape elements," said Dan Stearns, professor of horticultural botany, who has been Horticulture Club adviser since 1991.

He noted that students began working on the show in March, with selection of managers, design of the layout and preliminary planning for construction. Some work was done over the summer, but most of the activity has taken place since students returned to campus in late August.

Club President Michael Schneider, a senior Landscape Contracting major from Bethel, Conn., helped with the show last year. He conceded that the work required to put the event together can be difficult and time consuming but also a lot of fun.

"We have a week to get all the plant material and landscape features built and into place," he said. "The Horticulture Club is the main sponsor of the show, but some students with landscape skills who are not members like to come out and help for the week."

The students take great pride in their "Hort Show," Stearns pointed out. "Many alumni return year after year to view the current version and reminisce about their own Hort Show experiences," he said.

All plants featured in the show will be for sale. The proceeds help fund the next Horticulture Show and other Horticulture Club activities. For more information about the show, email questions to psuhortshow@gmail.com.
 

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Last Updated October 02, 2012