US (CA): Plants and flowers bloom at the Arc Horti Dept

The greenhouses of the horticulture department are going to experience big renovations in the future. Students and faculty will be able to make use of one new greenhouse instead of the four 60-year-old ones that they have. The horticulture department just got approved for a brand-new greenhouse. They will be converting the four that they have right now into one big one.  

On campus, the ARC horticulture department currently has four greenhouses that are 60 years old. However, there has not been a lot of maintenance done to them since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Marianne Sala, the instructional assistant in the horticulture department, has worked at ARC for 14 years. She helps maintain the greenhouses and nurses the plants and flowers. “My mom had houseplants. I always really noticed all the plants, and I was attracted to what they looked like, the different textures and the aesthetic of them,” Sala said.

Sala and the rest of the staff in the department were unable to work in the greenhouses due to the pandemic. Most of the horticulture classes were online, and students couldn’t go on campus to do any planting or watering. 

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