Overview of Horticulture Society
In Horticulture Society, we nurture our passion for plants and learn to take care of them. We also learn the various uses of herbs and spices and apply the knowledge in real life. This is a place where friendship is forged and leadership skills are grown.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
We have a nursery behind T17 where we get to plant what we like. Also, we get VIA hours from the flower sales that are held to raise funds for charity. We have been collaborating with Students’ Council, Earth Watch and ODAC (Outdoor Activities Club) to produce humisoil from food waste.
How often do you have your trainings?
We have our sessions every Friday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Occasionally, we will also have short sessions to tidy up our gardens after or before examinations. However, all these timings are flexible and can be changed to fit the schedule of the members.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
We usually spend the first half of the session planning for projects, such as flower sales during concert season, Herbs and Spices Exhibition, the East Zone Science Carnival etc. The other half will be reserved for tending of the nursery, which includes weeding, watering and repotting a few plants. Members will also water the plants every day during their breaks or after school based on the duty roster.
Any additional information to take note of?
We require members to commit their time by attending all the sessions. More importantly, we want you to have fun, get to make good friends, learn to lead a project even if you are not in EXCO, visit farms and nurseries and feel recharged after gardening.
More about Horticulture Society
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
I chose to join Horticulture Society because I wanted a relaxing CCA where I can take a break from studies and rejuvenate myself amidst the busy school life. Also, I am interested to interact more with nature that I often ignore due to the fast-paced lifestyle I lead.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
The highlight of my CCA journey was our programme for the Science Carnival, which was called “Fun With Plants and Nature”. It was one of the bigger and new activities we had this year which needed a lot of planning beforehand. I also had fun with the microscopy work for some parts of the plants. It was satisfying to see the excitement, passion, smiles and laughter from the primary school students when they took part in our activities. They had a great time, and so did we!
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
We kicked off the year with Open House in January, then we go on to Friendship Day Flower Sales in February, Herbs and Spices Exhibition in April, Concert Flower Sales in April/May, East Zone Science Carnival in July and Teacher Days’ Flower Sales in September. All these events are important milestones as we learn and grow ourselves and have fun along the way.
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
Our CCA is small, close-knitted, relaxing and fun. We respect one another and everyone has room to lead and grow. During discussions, we want everyone to be heard and all the views to be considered. In other words, we appreciate every single member.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
If you are looking for an enjoyable and enriching CCA where you can have fun chatting with friends and learn some useful skills while interacting with nature, feel free to join us! Our CCA commitment is not demanding (usually just 2.5 hours per week), so you would have enough time to rest and study!
Chew Jing Hao, 17S39