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Tis The Season To Sell Holly

Christmas wreaths and table decorations will be on sale at a new shop run by horticulture students at Scotland’s Rural College.

The Glasshouse, based at SRUC’s Elmwood campus in Fife, had its official opening on Wednesday 4 December at a pre-Christmas event offering non-alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies.

It is run by students studying on the new SVQ3 Production (and Retail) Horticulture course and sells homemade Christmas decorations and plants grown on the campus.


Production (and Retail) Horticulture students (from l to r) Brandon Maclean, Bruce Webster, Andy Macgee, Melanie Bruce, James Horseburgh and Sam Fernanado

The course has been designed to give students the skills they need for a career in the retail sectors of the horticulture industry such as garden centres, wholesale and retail nurseries, or in fruit, vegetable and flower production.

Horticultural lecturer Heather Munro said: “The students have put a load of work and enthusiasm into the project and are excited about the opening.

“We would love the local community to make use of the shop, not only as a place to buy plants and produce grown by our students, but also as somewhere they can come for help and advice on anything horticultural.”

Among the items on sale are willow or traditional holly Christmas wreaths, table centres and Christmas baskets, as well as a selection of hardy outdoor and indoor plants, cactus and succulents.

The shop will be open every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm. For more information, visit The Glasshouse Facebook page.

For more information about studying horticulture at SRUC visit the website.


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