At the University of Cincinnati (UC), the new horticulture club has big plans to grow as a student group. The club was established this past year by third year environmental engineering students Hannah Leibman and Sophia Pedigo. The club started after the two shared a similar desire to establish a group where UC students can reflect on similar interests of plants and horticulture. While neither Leibman or Pedigo are official horticulture majors, they both love being around plants and learning about methods of maintaining and growing plants.
Leibman’s favorite plant is an orchid because of its diverse and “weird” nature. Pedigo loves African Violets, she recalls her father growing them on the windowsill when she was young. Both found a love for plants before coming to UC.
The two noticed a need for a horticulture club when their volunteer work in the UC greenhouse was becoming overwhelming in terms of the chores they had to complete. Their solution to this was to establish a group where other students can join them and gain horticulture knowledge.
“Hannah and I talked about how nice it would be to connect with other plant lovers and possibly create a club,” Pedigo said. “I mostly forgot about the conversation until Hannah called me one evening and asked me to be the club treasurer.”
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