Plant Sale Rakes in Scholarship Opportunities

Looking to finally start that vegetable garden this spring? How about adding additional trees and shrubs to your already fruitful front yard?

This year’s “A-Day Plant Sale,” organized by the Professional Land Care Network (PLANET), is the perfect place to find trees, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and more.

PLANET is an undergraduate student club at Auburn University. This year, PLANET is hosting the “A-Day Plant Sale” in conjunction with Campus Club, another university club.

This year’s plant sale will be held on Friday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. and Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash, checks and credit cards are acceptable forms of payment.

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Jack LeCroy, president of PLANET, said that the club raises a lot of funds for scholarships, and that working with Campus Club brings in more funding for the plant sale.

Dr. Amy N. Wright, adviser for PLANET, said the proceeds of the plant sale will also benefit members of PLANET.

“The funds will also be going to support members of PLANET to go to their national competition that they go to every year where they go and compete in different landscaping events,” Wright said.

This year, the national competition is in Atlanta, Ga. The sale proceeds will help pay for hotel rooms and travel expenses to Atlanta.

“It’s their biggest fundraiser that they have over the year,” Wright said.

PLANET is also receiving help some from Horticulture Forum, another undergraduate club in the Horticulture Department.

“They’re going to be growing some vegetable plants, so it’s a combined effort [by all the clubs],” Wright said.

There will be a large variety of trees, shrubs, bedding plants, vegetables, herbs and trees for sell at the plant sale. The clubs will both be available to answer any questions.

“The Campus Club will be there helping work it, but also the PLANET students and some faculty will be there to always answer questions about plants,” Wright said.

The plants sale is possible thanks to plant nurseries across the state of Alabama.

“We have everything from our club donated,” LeCroy said. “What we do is we get nurseries all around the state, we call a couple of months in advance, and we ask them to donate anything that they have that we can carry back to Auburn. “

LeCroy and the other PLANET members and advisers are looking forward to the 2010 A-Day Plant Sale.

“It would be great to help you with any of your gardening or landscape questions while you are picking out plants, and we hope to see you in April,” LeCroy said.

According to PLANET’s Web site, the club is a professional organization, service organization and social organization. The officers for 2009-2010 are President Jack LeCroy, Vice President Russell McKeown, Secretary Summer Thaxton, Treasurer Casey Teel, Work Day and Plant Sale Co-Chair Meredith Jedlicka, Work and Plant Sale Co-Chair Michael Kennedy and the faculty advisers Dr. Joe Eakes, Dr. Amy Wright and Dr. Carolyn Robinson.

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