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D-B plant sale kickoff is Saturday, with sneak peak Friday

Rick Wagner • Apr 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School’s Annual FFA Spring Plant Sale grand opening is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a sneak peek sale set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

The event offers $10 ferns; six packs of vegetables, including tomatoes and peppers, starting at $2; annual bedding plants at $5 for six; and various other items, said Kerrie Sluder, D-B agriculture teacher. Proceeds will benefit the FFA chapter at D-B, which uses the money for travel and competition expenses.

Students from a landscaping class were getting ready for the sale Wednesday afternoon at the school’s greenhouse, but students from agriculture science and greenhouse management also are helping with the event. The address is 1801 E. Center St. 

In addition to the plants, D-B culinary arts students will sell gourmet dog biscuits Saturday, and the event at 9 a.m. will be a Keep Kingsport Beautiful annual Clean Sweeping Kingsport communitywide cleanup starting point.

Among students working Wednesday in the plants were sophomore Hannah Watson and freshman Sophia Kiser.

“I’m getting a lot of experience,” Hannah said, adding that she uses her gardening know-how learned at D-B to help her mother and grandmother with their plantings.

“It (agriculture) would be like my second (career) option,” Hannah said. “I want to be a lawyer.”

Sophia said she enjoys agriculture, too, but plans to become a radiologist.

After the Saturday event, Sluder said, the greenhouse likely will be open for an abbreviated day Monday so plants can be restocked. After that, it will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most weekdays through the end of the school year or until the plants are all sold.

For more information, call (423) 378-8503 or email [email protected]

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