Greenhouse gives CHS students chance to bloom

10:00 am | May 3, 2013

As of May 1, Roan Mountain residents have another option as more and more people look to spruce up their homesteads.

Photo by Brandon HicksSophomore Carl Markland shows off a hanging basket of angel wing begonias in the Cloudland High greenhouse. Carl said it was important to learn about agriculture 'to feed your family if times ever get tough.'

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Sophomore Carl Markland shows off a hanging basket of angel wing begonias in the Cloudland High greenhouse. Carl said it was important to learn about agriculture ‘to feed your family if times ever get tough.’

On Wednesday, Cloudland High’s greenhouse officially opened to the entire community.

Lauren Jaynes, who teaches agriculture and manages the school’s greenhouse, said the opening came not a moment too soon.

“So far, there have been a lot of people that have come by, but there were more that came by before we were open,” Jaynes said. “Everybody expects it every year. It’s just part of the community.”

Community involvement within the school is a big part of the greenhouse, as well. Apart from her supervision, Jaynes said her students handle most of the greenhouse’s botanical duties.

“Unless I’m in a bind and (plants) are starting to look pathetic, I make sure every student is planting a plant,” Jaynes said.

Jaynes elaborated, saying student involvement isn’t limited to planting seeds in a pot.

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