US (MI): College expands greenhouse to grow convocation flowers in-house

After years of struggling to provide plants and flowers for the college’s various events, Hillsdale has finally renovated and expanded the greenhouse at Hayden Park to solve this problem.

The college hired Greenhouse General Services in connection with Greyhawk Greenhouse Supply to complete the job in October. The college has collaborated with these companies in the past for repairs, and for the relocation of the polyhouse.

The entire project took about a week and a half to complete, and added an additional 48 feet to the existing greenhouse, making it nearly 150 feet in length.

Horticulturist Angie Girdham said the primary reason for expanding the greenhouse was that they “simply ran out of space.”

In the past, several local growers have been responsible for supplying Hillsdale College with plants for Commencement and Slayton Arboretum’s annual fundraising plant sale. Girdham has been wanting to grow the plants for major events instead of outsourcing them for a long time.

Read more at The Collegian (Jade Juniper)

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