Horticulture Show offered visitors chance to relax, meditate

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Horticulture Club has hosted its 98th annual Horticulture Show, Oct. 15-16 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at the corner of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow Road on the University Park campus.

The theme for this year's event was "Relaxation and Meditation in a Landscape," according to club adviser Dan Stearns, Styer Professor of Horticultural Botany, who said the show allows students in the Horticulture and Landscape Contracting majors to gain valuable experience.

"Students have full responsibility for the design, setup, operation and cleanup of the show," said Stearns. "They take great pride in their work and contribute many hours to the cause."

From modest beginnings in 1913, the "Hort Show" has grown into a two-day event held every autumn, highlighting a different theme every year. Setting up for the show is a weeklong process, and development of a theme starts early in the spring semester, Stearns noted.

"Horticulture Club managers come up with several theme ideas for the club to select from," he said. "Students then work on a design that is finalized by the end of the semester."

The Hort Show features a wide variety of donated plants. "The students have solicited plant material from nurseries across the state and from Maryland," Stearns explained. "All plants are for sale, as are food items such as apples, mushrooms, squash, potatoes and other garden vegetables. Cider will be available by the gallon and by the cup."

Proceeds from the show help fund the next Horticulture Show and the Horticulture Club, so members can participate in career days, meetings and industry events. "A scholarship also is given annually to an active member with revenue that is realized from the sale of plants at the show," Stearns said.

For more information about the show, email questions to psuhortshow@gmail.com.

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Last Updated October 17, 2011