What began as an empty corner of the greenhouse at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center is now a picture perfect patio thanks to the students in the Horticulture program at MCCTC.
Over the course of three days, juniors and seniors in the program worked with Jared Emerson of Davey Tree Commercial Grounds Maintenance, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Company, on the design and installation of the patio. From digging out the ground underneath and leveling out the base, to installing the retaining wall and perfecting the paver pattern, the students were able to experience every step of the process.
“Our students we’re really excited to take a project from nothing and now to see it finished,” said Horticulture instructor Mary June Emerson.
Students like Alex Bisahrd of Springfield and Derrick Henderson of Boardman, who already had an interest in landscape design, said the project was a great opportunity for them to learn more.
“It was fun just learning how to build something like this,” said Henderson.
Bisahrd was pleased with the results.
“I’m really proud of how everything came out,” said Bisahrd.
The instructor, equipment and tools for the project were donated by Davey Tree Expert Company and the materials for the project, including the sand, gravel and river rock, were donated by Elliott’s Garden Center of Boardman.