FFA students fill downtown flower boxes

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Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake High School FFA members planted flowers downtown Wednesday, one of the chapter’s annual projects.

MOSES LAKE — Planter boxes up and down Third Avenue were filled with flowers for the summer Wednesday morning, courtesy of FFA students from Moses Lake High School.

Planting the flower boxes is an annual FFA project, using flowers grown in the MLHS greenhouses. There are two greenhouses, and the high school’s horticulture class, with help from FFA participants, spent the winter and early spring growing flowers and vegetables.

The vegetables and most of the flowers are sold during the annual plant sale in early May. But some flowers are designated for the downtown flower boxes. Both the plant sale and the downtown flower boxes are long-term FFA projects.

Students fanned out along Third Avenue and its side streets, digging dirt and adding potting soil where necessary, planting petunias, marigolds and ornamental grasses among others. The driver of a passing car stopped to compliment the students planting the central circle at Third Avenue and Ash Street.

Not all the flowers are annuals – the Ash Street circle has perennials in it, and FFA advisor Tony Kern had to stop some of the crew from mistaking them for weeds.

— Staff report

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