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Tech Greenhouse Grows 15,000+ Plants For Annual Arbor Day Event

Allison Hirth & Jeff Ramazani

April 25, 2017

Arbor Day

(VIDEO) Student workers, volunteers and the greenhouse manager start work in September to ensure plants are ready by April.

Students, faculty and staff will soon unite to make Texas Tech's campus even more beautiful. Arbor Day 2017 will be held on Friday, April 28. Did you know thousands of the flowers planted that day will come from the university's greenhouse? The process beings in the fall, according to greenhouse manager Jennifer Simek. Student workers will first take cuttings from existing flowers on campus, then plant them in trays back at the greenhouse in order to spur new growth during the winter months. By the time April rolls around, the greenhouse will have repeated that process several times. The result? More than 15,000 plants ready for Arbor Day.

"We're proud to be a part of the process of growing plants here on campus that are going to stay on campus," Simek said. "For us, it's like sending our kids off to the first day of school. It's a relief to have them gone, but it's also kind of sad because they all leave here and we've been taking of them for a few months and they're kind of our babies."

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