Planting the seed of community service
By Whitney Copeland
Photo provided by the Horticulture Club
Aspach helps a young girl pot a plant.
From visiting the elderly to landscaping houses for Habitat for Humanity, the Purdue University Horticulture Club members are always looking for projects to improve the community and further their own interest in horticulture.
Last year, the Horticulture Club worked with the Lafayette Urban Ministry's after school program, painting flower pots and planting golden pothos in the pots for each child to take home.
"It was really great," said Kendra Aspach, past president of the Horticulture Club. "We had about 25 kids and about 15 of us. We all had fun, and the kids loved it. But they were so eager to plant their plants in the pots that they had just painted, that we were planting plants in wet pots. By the end of it, all of us from the Horticulture Club had various colors on our hands and one little boy's plants had red paint on them."
The club does two service projects a year, on in the fall and one in the spring. But not everything they do is work. They also take a fall trip every year. In 2002, they went to Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, one of the most prestigious state gardens in the nation.
This year, the Horticulture Club consists of approximately 60 members, and many of them are not actually horticulture majors. "You don't have to be a horticulture major to be in the club," Anspach said. "We do more than talk about horticlture stuff all the time. It is more like a group of people with a common interest."