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Inside MHS’s Greenhouse: Growing New Leaders

Learn about the blooming plants and tedious tasks that all are housed in MHS’s very own greenhouse!

Now that spring is officially upon us, MHS’s Horticulture students are working hard inside the schools greenhouse. MHS offers a dual enrollment class through Muscatine Community College (MCC) called Horticulture. Horticulture is the practice of garden cultivation and management. Something special about this class is that students get to seed, transplant, and water plants in the schools greenhouse to sell in the spring. Students also study ways to identify plants and flowers, so they are educated for customer experience.

An inside view of the many facilities in MHS’s greenhouse.

This class provides extreme amounts of educational hands-on activities for students interested in gardening, and sales experience. But the real star of the show is the greenhouse MHS is so fortunate to have. This greenhouse includes multiple plant tables, a full watering system, and a fully equipped aquaculture system filled to the brim with tilapia.

Now that plants are starting to bloom, students are working hard to get all of the plants looking perfectly for the sale at the end of the month. MHS Sophomore, Alyssa Moore, is currently enrolled in Horticulture class, and recalls her love for taking care of plants.

“I think it’s really cool that we have the opportunity to directly plant the plants and watch them grow,” said Moore.

The schools greenhouse is now bustling with blooms full of color as the plant sale approaches. You could find any flower from Ageratums to Zinnias, and a wide variety of tomatoes and peppers. If you would like to get your hands on any of these student raised plants, the school plant sale dates are April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th from 8am – 6pm.


“I definitely recommend Horticulture because of the hands on experience. It’s so rewarding to be able to directly teach others what you learned,” said Moore.

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