Local school plants seeds for student's futures

Stacey Spivey
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:29pm

Whitehouse High School is planting seeds of hope in students, and their goal is for them to grow into successful adults. The school's horticulture program is currently selling all of their plants to the public. These students have been working hard all year planting seeds, cuttings, and plugs, and nurturing them into plants. Their annual plant sale started Monday, and they will continue the sale until they have sold everything. There's a selection of flowering plants, hanging baskets and vegetable plants that horticulture instructor Craig Dornak said could rival any retail nursery. "We use all the money that we take in, its a non profit, we take all the money into our club account, and we use that money to purchase all the materials to teach with," said Dornak. Not only is this money fueling the horticulture program, but its opening avenues for the students.

"I never would have known my desire for these plants if I wouldn't have had this class and I'm always grateful for that," said Steven Chabarria, Whitehouse High School student. The high school senior has been a part of the horticulture program since his sophomore year. He said because of his time in this greenhouse, he is already planting seeds for his future career. "This class has really prepared me a lot in any way that it could've as a high school class, this is more than a high school class, it's a career building facility," said Chabarria. He also plans to major in horticulture in college.

Chabarria and the rest of the horticulture students spend their school year planting, nurturing,and selling plants in their greenhouse. "We have the best place ever, it was the perfect investment, its getting me started in a career, i know people who have come before me and will go after me, that have started their career in this greenhouse and have found their passion," said Chabarria.

Craig Dornak has been the horticulture instructor for more than twenty years, and loves watching every aspect of the program grow. "I've had several students that have graduated from here and have gone on and had successful careers in horticulture," said Dornak, and he said it's a great feeling to "be able to direct them into a path that they like."


The greenhouse will be open after school until 5 p.m. Tuesday March 25- Friday March 28th. During the school day please call Dornak at 903-839-5572 before coming to ensure someone is there to serve you. Supplies are limited:

  • Flats (18 count) will go for $10. Begonia, Impatiens, Periwinks, Petunias, Coleus and Salvia are in full bloom with many colors to choose from.
  • Hanging baskets (10 inch) will sell for $8 and (12 inch) for $10. Baskets are full of Boston Fern, Ivy Leaf Geranium, Asparagus Fern, Joseph’s Coat, Macho Fern and Peperomia.
  • Vegetable plants include tomatoes and peppers of many varieties. Veggie flats (36 count) are $10 while six-packs are $2.
  • 1 Gallon Pots are only $3.  Geraniums and Sunpatiens compact in several colors.

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