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Cultivating Community at the 2024 Spring Plant Fair

Four students smiling inside a plant-filled trailer on a sunny day.

As the organizer of this year’s Spring Plant Fair at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I truly enjoyed working with our club to plan an event centered around horticulture on campus. Looking back, we certainly accomplished our goal of educating, entertaining, and sparking a passion for gardening for those who attended.

The plant sale was one of the largest and most anticipated parts of the Spring Plant Fair. We took on the ambitious plan to grow more than 3,500 plants across 110 different cultivars spanning from annual flowers, such as cosmos and zinnia, to vegetables,