Growing a Green Thumb at the Greenhouse

The ARL Greenhouse Horticulture program opens its doors to the community for its annual holiday plant and wreath sale. The variety of plants, including poinsettias, fraser fir with mixed greens, wreaths, herb planters, foliage hanging baskets and house plants, are grown entirely by HCPSS special needs high school students as part of their vocational training.

As Amy Woodard, who oversees the Cedar Lane horticulture and ARL greenhouse program, explained, “Our main focus with the greenhouse program is fostering independence on the job with generic work skills that may include remembering routines at a worksite, staying on task, working in a group and showing initiative using communication skills.”

The program creates vocational work opportunities for students with disabilities from all HCPSS high schools, Cedar Lane School, Homewood Center and the Community Connection program at Howard Community College. Allied Health Academy students also can intern in the ARL Greenhouse Horticulture program by assisting their disabled peers.

Learn more about the ARL Greenhouse Horticulture vocational training program at

Plant Sale

Monday, Nov. 28–Friday, Dec. 16 Noon to 4 p.m.
ARL Greenhouses 10920 Clarksville Pike

Cash and checks accepted.

All proceeds go directly to supporting the non-funded horticulture programs at ARL and Cedar Lane.