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April 10, 2013

2012 High School Interns Return for Spring Planting

by Melissa Harding

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Last week, our 2012 high school interns returned to Phipps for some fun, fellowship, food, and spring planting. Continuing their legacy into the coming summer, they planted seven trays of tomato, pepper and lettuce seeds, as well as four trays of Philodendron cuttings. The vegetables will be used by this summer’s 2013 interns in the Edible Garden and in the Pot-a-Plant program, in which children visiting the Conservatory can pot a seedling and take it home to grow. The Philodendron cuttings will be distributed in community outreach programs focused on teaching about the importance of clean air plants. This summer’s interns will be both presenting on this topic and planting with community members; they will also be able to take some of them to their own homes.

Initially shy after having been apart for a few months, this tight-knit group of kids had a great time laughing and planting together. After all the hard work was done, the group had a healthy lunch at Phipps Cafe. Even though several of last summer’s interns have been attending their first year of college, they still came back to share in this experience and reconnect with the staff at Phipps. Our high school interns participate in a six-week summer internship, but their relationship with Phipps is life-long.

Phipps 2012 high school interns

The 2012 interns will reunite again this summer on June 14 for the opening reception of their photography exhibit in the new Center for Sustainable Landscapes’ Green Gallery, located near the CSL classroom.

The above picture was taken by Kate Borger and Phipps staff.

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