Students in Surry Community College’s Horticulture Club took a trip to visit Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina recently as an end of semester celebration and reward for their hard work in preparation for the club’s annual Spring Plant Sale.
The park’s botanical garden, of special interest to a group of plant enthusiasts, blooms year-round and boasts more than 4,300 species of native and exotic plants. In addition, the zoo houses over 2,000 magnificent animals and is touted as one of South Carolina’s leading destination attractions.
Surry’s Horticulture Instructor Jeff Jones led the trip alongside five club members – Ashlee Huybert of Pilot Mountain, Treva Kirby of Mount Airy, Tyler Minor of Mount Airy, Tyler Smith of Yadkinville, and Miguel Vargas of Dobson.
Highlights of the trip for those in attendance were observing and admiring the landscape designs and containers as they complemented the animal attractions and being able to easily identify many of the plants on display.
Beyond the purpose of entertainment, the trip proved valuable for Horticulture Club members as they plan ahead for the future.
Jones said, “I think this trip and others like it help the students gain perspective on the horticultural industry and how it is bigger than they once thought. Career opportunities abound in many sectors of the green industry if you are interested in pursuing them.”
SCC offers a Sustainable Horticulture certificate encompassing the study and practical application of foundation horticultural principles for those interested in pursuing career development in local horticulture industries.