In November of 2012 we had students from the H.O.P.E. (Horticultural Occupational & Professional Experience) program visit Possibility Place. The focus of the program is to expose college age students to different aspects of the horticultural industry. They visit and work at a different nursery/garden center for two days a month for six months. It is hoped that at each stop they learn a little more about what it takes to be a plant professional.
Since we tend to do things a little differently around here we thought it would be nice to show the students the difference between the way we do things and how it is conventionally done. So, we decided to have a contest. The students were divided into two groups of three and were given the task of planting one tree and four shrubs. Now to be fair we chose trees and shrubs of the same size from our stock and stock of a local B&B nursery. The goal was to plant the trees and shrubs at the proper depth and to finish in a timely fashion. IT was great fun for all of us (better for those watching) and the feed-back from the students was very insightful. I hope you find it illuminating.