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Students in WKU horticulture class will work on floats for Rose Parade

WKU Study Away is helping students experience the diverse opportunities available in the horticulture industry.

In late December and early January, Horticulture 475 will take students to California, where they will create floral arrangements for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Students will then visit Napa Valley area vineyards, tour Golden Gate Botanical Gardens and Conservatory in San Francisco and visit the Los Angeles flower market as part of the Dec. 27-Jan. 10 course.

“This trip will give students an opportunity to see horticulture on a new level,” said Roger Dennis, course instructor.

According to Dennis, working on world-class parade floats is a once in a lifetime opportunity. “While in Pasadena, students will work with Charisma Floats, an award-winning builder of floats and floral designs,” he said. “They will experience first-hand the creative and technical process designing and decorating elaborate parade floats. And their work will be seen by millions of people who watch the parade on January 1.”

Students will also tour a successful cut flower operation and visit Yosemite National Park. The course objective is to increase students’ appreciation of the horticulture industry as it pertains to floral design and the fresh cut flower industry.

The course takes place during Winter Term. Applications are due Nov. 8.

For information on this course, contact Roger Dennis at roger.dennis@wku.edu or go to www.wku.edu/studyaway/.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach. For information about WKU Study Away, contact Jerry Barnaby at (270) 745-2231 or email study.away@wku.edu.


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