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Horticulture Students Create Seasonal Bouquets

Arrangements Sell Out; Help Lighten Moods during the Pandemic

student arranges flowers   student smiles next to bouquet   Aide helps student arrange flowers

Flowers brighten any room, which must be why the Horticulture Program in the Transitional Services wing at Brookhaven Learning Center received 60 orders for seasonal bouquets. Teacher Rosemarie Reichert distributed an order form throughout the building for arrangements and received a huge response. The bouquets featured rich reds, yellows, and burnt oranges and contained mums, reeds, and stalks of wheat. In addition to learning industry-specific skills, students also took orders and made classroom deliveries, which focused on the service side of the business.


Said Reichert, “I stated on the flyer that we could produce a total of 60 arrangements. We received orders for the maximum amount, which is a testament to the quality of work our students produce. Also, people may be looking for ways to bring some cheer into their homes and the homes of their loved ones during the pandemic.”


The Horticulture course is one of the school’s transitional services programs, which uses hands-on, project-based learning in true-to-life environments. In this case, it is a floral shop that teaches life and employment skills. Brookhaven Learning Center is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES school that provides special education services to students with special needs.