Since 2020, the Snyder ISD Evergreen Research and Retail Greenhouse has offered space in its greenhouse for overwintering plants otherwise vulnerable to West Texas winters. For a low fee, the plants are cared for and maintained until the coming of spring.
"The neatest thing about it is that the students will care for the plants and see some of them go to seed," said Brianne Perry, the greenhouse director. "We'll get to plant some of those, experiment, and do some different labs to see how well they grow."
The two greenhouses are near the corner of 35th Street and College Avenue. They're a little tricky to get to, located on the site of a former nursery behind an auto parts store and a drug store.
As a student-based enterprise, the greenhouse program in the spring offers plants that have been raised by students learning horticulture at Snyder High School, some of whom also work in the greenhouse as interns. The overwintering program also exposes the students to unusual plants they might not otherwise encounter.
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