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Penn State Horticulture Show highlights national parks

Kevin Boylan uses a skid steer to bring pavers into the arena on Oct. 4 to prepare for the Penn State Horticulture Show.
Kevin Boylan uses a skid steer to bring pavers into the arena on Oct. 4 to prepare for the Penn State Horticulture Show. For the CDT

Penn State students have been hard at work setting up for the 102nd Horticulture Show, which has a new twist this year.

This year’s show, put on by students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will feature national parks, including the Smokey Mountains, Gettysburg and the National Mall featuring the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

The Horticulture Show will also be putting forth efforts to raise money for the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

“We’ll have the cans out for donations,” said senior Eric Middleton who was on the committee to design the theme for the show. “I’m pretty excited about that. The last couple of years as a club we didn’t really do that and I think that it’s important to help people, especially children.”

The show will include a variety of landscape exhibits and water features built by the students. The water features, which have trout, will include streams, ponds and a reflective pool in front of the Washington Monument.

“There will also be a lot of things for children to do, things they can enjoy,” said senior Taylor Souders, horticulture manager. She explained that they would also have a photo booth available. “We will have a hat and beard for people to wear (while getting their pictures taken.) They can sit in the Lincoln Memorial.”

The managers of the club said that working on the show has given them valuable, real-world experience.

“A lot of professors, instead of going to class they’ll bring their students here while we’re building to give their students some hands-on experience,” Souders said.

Souders also hopes that people gain a better understanding of their major.

“I don’t think a lot of people really understand what the horticulture major is or what we do. So maybe this can draw more people into our major or get them interested in this area of study,” she said.

Middleton agreed, saying that it would continue the more than 100-year tradition of the Horticulture Show, and it would be a great way to “show people what we are capable of.”

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Snider Agricultural Arena on campus and is free to the public.