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Lanesboro horticulture class working on landscaping project

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The talk at the Lanesboro School Board meeting was all about plants on February 16. Two groups from the new horticulture class gave presentations about landscaping projects, and the school board had to decide which one to approve.

The first presentation was from Team B, and their plan was to do some landscaping on the west side of the building. They passed out drawings of their plan, and went over the plants and trees they planned on using. They chose a lot evergreens and plants that would survive the harsh Minnesota winters.

The group had also figured out a budget for their project, and the total cost was $3,994.95. They would be getting their plants from Bachmann’s at a wholesale price. The cost of delivery was $300.

Team A would also be getting their plants from Bachmann’s at a reduced price. They also chose a lot of evergreens, as well as native perennial flowers, including bright sunset lilies and butterfly flowers.

Both teams said the future horticulture classes would be taking care of the maintenance. They would be using red rock to control the weeds, as well as plastic edging. The total cost of Team A’s project was $3,250.25.

Chairperson Dave Ruen said he liked pieces of both projects. “You can’t go wrong with either one,” he said. He mentioned the fact that the corners of Team B’s project might make it hard to mow around.

Jason Reisman, a local landscaper who has been volunteering his help with the project, said the students took into account mowing when working on their plans. He and members of Team B said the corners could be rounded without changing the design at all.

Council member Steve Snyder also like the rounded corners of Team A’s project, but liked Team B’s design along the sidewalk on the west side. He asked if Team B could try to incorporate more of the native flowers in their design.

It was decided to go with Team B, but have them work with Team A on adding the flowers and rounding the corners. They are to keep the total cost under $4,000.

The other major topic at the meeting was the greenhouse project. Superintendent Jeff Boggs said Kristi Ruen and Tim Willette have been researching greenhouse. They also applied for, and received, a grant for $12,500 to put toward the greenhouse.

Boggs said they have been looking at greenhouses in Chatfield and La Crescent to get some ideas, and they have basically figured out what they want. Boggs feels they can get the greenhouse built for around $50,000. They are still working on the right location. He said they will not be putting down cement, and will be using pea gravel instead, which will keep the costs down.

Willette said there are opportunities for selling items from the greenhouse, such as hanging flower baskets. He also mentioned Chatfield has used vegetables from their greenhouse in their student lunch program. “There are really a lot of options,” he said.

According to Boggs, there are also opportunities for other classes to use the greenhouse.

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