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TAYLORVILLE — Each year there is a big interest in Floral Design classes at THS. This year around 25 students were enrolled in Floral Design first semester, and 65 students for the current semester. Depending on which semester – fall or spring – the student ends up in the class, there will be different projects and arrangements done in class. Students who take fall Floral Design create Thanksgiving centerpieces, pumpkin arrangements, evergreen door swags, and Homecoming Court bouquets. Students who end up in the spring Floral Design class get to make Easter and Mother’s Day arrangements, Valentine’s Day bouquets, and of course, make the flowers for the prom queen and her court.
Regardless of whether or not the students learning about floral design plan on pursuing a career that has anything to do with cut flowers, it is a great hands-on and fun class to take during high school. Students get the opportunity to show their creativity, take home around 12 beautiful flower arrangements throughout the semester (or they sometimes give them to their teachers), and students learn first-hand that agriculture does not have to equal crops and livestock.