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Students get the scope on horticulture

By Mbololwa Mundia
On September 18, 2015

The Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA) decided to make Kirkwood Community College the location for its annual Day of Service on Friday, Sept. 11. 

A team of 40 volunteers, including members of the INLA, Kirkwood Grounds Supervisor Mike Martin, Horticulture Instructor Shawna Moss and students from Kirkwood and Iowa State University worked outside of Linn Hall planting trees in order to teach students how to apply what they have learned in the classroom about planting bushes and pollenating flowers. 

Martin said the grounds department worked closely with instructors on the educational component of the landscaping done on campus. “A good example of what we do is educate the students,” said Martin. 

Moss said the event gave students a chance to learn, have fun and network with INLA. 

“This was a really good service opportunity to honor 9/11,” said Rachel Haugland, agriculture student at Kirkwood. Haugland said this was the first year she participated in the INLA Day of Service.

“It is a beautiful day for landscaping,” said Iowa State student Derick Perkins. This is the second year he has participated in the INLA Day of Service.  

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