Mount View plant sale to fund new greenhouse

Posted May 11, 2009, at 10:10 p.m.

THORNDIKE, Maine — Alternative education students at Mount View High School will conduct a plant sale to raise money for a new greenhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the school’s back parking lot on Route 220.

More than 1,000 potted plants will be available ranging in price from $1 for a single plant to $2 for a six-pack. Customers will find both common and unique heirloom plants, including nicotiana, harlequin marigolds, scarlet runner beans and sweet peas. Perennials, annuals, vegetables, melons and herbs will all be for sale.

Since February, the alternative education students have spent more than 100 hours preparing for the sale. The greenery has been produced in a small, declining, 30-year-old greenhouse which will be demolished in June as the school relocates to its new building, scheduled to open in the fall.

The students have designed a new greenhouse, which will be more spacious, light-filled and handicapped-accessible. The students need about $8,000 for the structure. They have raised more than $2,600 from past plant sales and hope to raise another $5,000 from their sale this spring.

A lunch of barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods also will be available. Car washing also will be offered.

Those who can’t make the May 16 event are welcome to stop at the school to buy plants from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18 through June 5.

For more information, contact alternative education teacher Travis Collins at tcollins@msad3.org.

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