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September 21, 2018

Student Run Bud Vase Club Delivers Fresh Flowers to BOCES Employees


Students enrolled in the Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology program at Oswego County BOCES are sprucing up employees desks with their Bud Vase Club.

Final touches - Elizabeth Miner (Central Square) is seen here perfecting the ribbon on her bud vase. Twenty-six employees at Oswego County BOCES are enrolled in the floral design program’s Bud Vase Club. Monies raised are used to purchase more flowers and supplies for student use.

Final touches – Elizabeth Miner (Central Square) is seen here perfecting the ribbon on her bud vase. Twenty-six employees at Oswego County BOCES are enrolled in the floral design program’s Bud Vase Club. Monies raised are used to purchase more flowers and supplies for student use.

Members of the Bud Vase Club receive flowers biweekly, and are delivered on the main campus in Mexico as well as CCC (West Broadway in Fulton) due to capital project renovations.

Every time a new arrangement is dropped off, the bud vase from the previous arrangement is collected.

The funds collected from the club, as well as funds generated in the flower shop, are used to buy flowers so that students can work with the medium, and enhance their design skills and techniques. The flowers come from two wholesalers, one in Liverpool and the other in Syracuse that deliver once a week.

Employees have the option of paying weekly or in advance, in five, ten or one year increments.

The program runs from October to May for sixteen weeks.

First year students - Pictured are Kaela Jarvis (Fulton) and Austin Williams (Phoenix) both first year students in Margaret Rice’s floral design class. Jarvis and Williams are pictured with their arrangements to be delivered to Oswego County BOCES employees enrolled in the Bud Vase Club. The arrangement included Baker Fern, Chrysanthemums and Hypericum Berries.

First year students – Pictured are Kaela Jarvis (Fulton) and Austin Williams (Phoenix) both first year students in Margaret Rice’s floral design class. Jarvis and Williams are pictured with their arrangements to be delivered to Oswego County BOCES employees enrolled in the Bud Vase Club. The arrangement included Baker Fern, Chrysanthemums and Hypericum Berries.

The vase also includes an attached card with a spot that identifies what the flowers are, as well as what student arranged it.

Students complete each bud vase in approximately 20 minutes, a time instructor Margaret Rice said will quicken as students get more practice.

Students are graded based on if they followed the correct “recipe” for the arrangement.

Because of the Bud Vase Club, students get to work with all different types of flowers.

In the spring more delicate flowers such as roses, tulips and daffodils are used.
Employees can expect to see holiday flair in their bud vase creations in November and December. For Halloween, the arrangement included the spider mum.

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