Spring is here and so is Tarrant County College’s annual plant sale, featuring items grown by TCC Horticulture Program students. This year’s sale will feature more than 50 varieties of flowers, vegetables and herbs.
The sale is set for Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at TCC Northwest (4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, WFAB walkway). Members of the public are invited to shop flowering annuals and perennials including pentas, marigolds, begonias, lantana, verbena and zinnias; foliage plants such as helichrysum and citronella geraniums; vegetables such as peppers and tomatoes; and herbs including basil, oregano and thyme.
Plants are sold below retail prices; most range from $1.50 to $6. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Proceeds help horticulture students cover the cost of field trips and Horticulture Club projects.
“This is a great opportunity to fill your garden while supporting our students, who are preparing for careers in horticulture or just perfecting their gardening skills,” said David Bulpitt, program coordinator. “We are proud to share our harvest with the College and the community.”
TCC Northwest features on-site greenhouses, gardens and a vineyard. Students learn greenhouse operation and management; landscape design, installation and maintenance; nursery and retail garden center operation and management; soil science; pest control and viticulture. Classes include day and evening options.
Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science in horticulture or a certificate in horticulture, plant health specialist or horticulture business management. An occupational skills award in basic horticulture skills also is available. Nationally, employment of landscape architects is expected to grow 6 percent between 2016 and 2026, keeping pace with the average for all occupations. Employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 11 percent, faster than average.
Students can also pursue non-credit, enrichment-based horticulture courses. For more information on the Horticulture Program, visit the TCC website.