When thousands of graduate and undergraduate Iowa State students participate in next month’s fall commencement inside Hilton Coliseum, they’ll parade past cardinal red poinsettias courtesy of the school’s student horticulture club.
When employees who work under ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard return to work after the holiday break, they too will find the traditional Christmas plant on each of their desks — thanks, again, to the student growers.
“We grow 400 in our greenhouse, and we have sold just about that,” Iowa State University horticulture senior Amanda Van Scoy said of the club’s annual fundraiser that has thrived with expanded marketing and pre-order opportunities. “It has become pretty successful.”
Over the course of at least 15 years, the fundraiser has made the ISU Horticulture Club the go-to poinsettia provider for at least the ISU campus, if not the surrounding area. And this year promises to be no different — with the group taking 135 preorders, such as from Pollard, ISU commencement organizers and ISU dining, which decorates its centers with the plants for the holidays.