College students studying for careers in horticulture are getting real-world experience at the International Peace Garden.
Students from Dakota College at Bottineau have been spending time in the greenhouses at the Garden, helping prepare the tens of thousands of annual flowers that will be transplanted into the park in the coming weeks.
Connie Lagerquist is the horticulturist at the Peace Garden and says the students and the park benefit from the arrangement.
(Connie Lagerquist, Peace Garden Horticulturist) “If you like this kind of work and are interested in it this is a good place to come to get a taste of it.”
(Audrey Gilbraith, DCB Student) “It’s pretty much just training for what I’m about to do not only for my entire life but for my job this summer.”
(Shelby Schmitz, DCB Student) “I feel better when I’m coming out here to the Peace Garden instead of back in class I’m out here doing something.”
The students and workers at the Peace Garden will be moving flowers into the various displays as soon as the spring thaw is complete.