Students in Surry Community College’s Horticulture Club took an exciting and educational trip to visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, on April 21 as an end of semester celebration and reward for their work in preparation for the club’s annual Spring Plant Sale.
The park’s botanical garden, of special interest to a group of plant enthusiasts, blooms year-round and boasts more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants. In addition, the zoo houses more than 2,000 magnificent animals and is touted as one of South Carolina’s leading destination attractions.
Surry’s Horticulture Instructor Jeff Jones led the trip alongside five club members – Ashlee Huybert of Pilot Mountain, Treva Kirby of Mount Airy, Tyler Minor of Mount Airy, Tyler Smith of Yadkinville, and Miguel Vargas of Dobson.
Highlights of the trip for those in attendance were observing and admiring the landscape designs and containers as they complemented the animal attractions and being able to easily identify many of the plants on display.
Jones said, “I think this trip and others like it help the students gain perspective on the horticultural industry and how it is bigger than they once thought. Career opportunities abound in many sectors of the green industry if you are interested in pursuing them.”
SCC offers a Sustainable Horticulture certificate encompassing the study and practical application of foundational horticultural principles for those interested in pursuing career development in local horticulture industries.
Registration is open for summer and fall 2017 classes. Summer classes begin May 22 and June 27. Students must register for fall classes before Aug. 1. Those classes start Aug. 15. For additional information contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or Horticulture Instructor Jeff Jones at (336) 386-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.