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US (TX): Burnet Middle School greenhouse students learn more than plants

According to critiques of the Burnet Middle School greenhouse plant sale, the second of which is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, the prices are too low, said agriculture science teacher Shelly Townsend. The benefits of the program, however, are priceless.

“They’re always telling me I set them too low, and I need to raise the prices,” Townsend said with a smile. “Yes, the money we raise during the plant sale goes to fund my program, but I also want people to feel like they can get started in gardening without spending a lot of money.”

For most of the 23 years Townsend has taught at the middle school, the greenhouse program has held a spring plant sale. It’s become a two-day affair with one sale in early March and the second in late March. This year, after probably one of the most successful plant sales on record, Townsend pushed the second date back to Tuesday, April 5, to give them time to replenish their stock.

The sale is at the BMS greenhouse behind the middle school at 1401 North Main Street in Burnet. The sale is cash and/or check only.

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