Horticulture

August 28, 2019

The Horticulture department at Kishwaukee College will be holding their Fall Plant Sale on September 13 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. The Fall Plant Sale includes fall mums, asters, cold hardy perennials, fall wreaths, fall décor, and mixed containers. Custom planters will also be available. Patrons can choose a container or bring their own. 

Horticulture staff and students will be on site during the sale to assist patrons and answer gardening and/or planting questions. Staff and students can assist with plant selection to suit specific needs or wants.

Patrons should enter campus using the North (B) Entrance on Malta Road. Parking is limited but a loading area will be available by the Greenhouse for assistance with loading purchases. Payment can be made by check, cash, and credit (Discover, Visa, and MasterCard).

For more information about the Horticulture program at Kish, visit www.kish.edu/horticulture. For more information on the plant sale, contact Greenhouse Grounds Specialist Kim Rotella at krotella@kish.edu or 815-825-9597. 


Photo Caption: The Kishwaukee College Fall Plant Sale will be held on Friday, September 13 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. Pictured: Kish students in the Greenhouse Management class prepare for the upcoming Fall Plant Sale on September 13.

Categories: Horticulture
August 15, 2019

Students and faculty from the floral design program in the Kishwaukee College horticulture department attended the American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD) National Symposium held in Las Vegas last month. Each year, floral designers, design instructors, and design students from across the U.S. and Canada attend the AIFD Symposium. Kish floral design instructor and AIFD chapter advisor Janet Gallagher attended the symposium with students Hayley Krull, DeKalb; Peyton Lamps, La Salle; and Abby Martin, Oregon.

The Kish students participated in various competitions. Students worked within a time constraint to complete design pieces utilizing fresh flowers and a toolbox of limited, contest-specific items. Lamps placed fifth for her wedding bouquet and Krull received seventh for the interpretation design. Overall, the Kish team placed sixth in the competition.

The 3 students received support through the Ruth Ashelford Pollock Horticulture Internship Scholarship via the Kishwaukee College Foundation to offset the cost of travel to the event.

“I am so proud of our students,” Gallagher comments. “They competed at a high-level and created unique designs that utilized the elements and principles they’ve learned. It was a great networking opportunity for all of us, and our students were enthusiastic to represent Kish.”

The annual AIFD symposium features the only national student design competition for colleges and universities that have floral design programs. Kish’s floral design students form one of only 16 student floral design organizations in the U.S sanctioned by AIFD.

For more information on the floral design program at Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu/horticulture. For more information on the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), visit http://aifd.org/

Categories: Horticulture
April 26, 2019

The Horticulture department at Kishwaukee College will be holding their Spring Plant Sale on May 10 from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. The Spring Plant Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, zonal geraniums and large specialty annuals. There are also pre-planted containers of various sizes, hanging baskets, and large bags of quality potting mix (2.8 cu. ft.) for sale.

Horticulture staff and students will be on site during the sale to assist patrons and answer gardening and/or planting questions. Staff and students can assist with plant selection to suit specific needs or wants.

Patrons should enter campus using the North (B) Entrance on Malta Road. Parking is limited but a loading area will be available by the Greenhouse for assistant with loading purchases. Payment can be made by check, cash, and credit (Discover, Visa, and Mastercard).

Save the date. Fall mums, asters, cold hardy perennials, fall wreaths, fall décor, and mixed containers will be available September 13 at the Kish Fall Plant Sale.

For more information about the Horticulture program at Kish, visit www.kish.edu/horticulture. For more information on the plant sale, contact Greenhouse Grounds Specialist Kim Rotella at krotella@kish.edu or 815-825-9597. 


Photo Caption: The Kishwaukee College Annual Horticulture Plant Sale will be held on Friday, May 10 from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. Pictured: Plants for sale in the Kishwaukee College Greenhouse.

Categories: Horticulture
April 2, 2019

Kishwaukee College welcomed 37 businesses on campus March 5 for Diesel Power Technology and Horticulture Interview Day and Business Etiquette Luncheon. Approximately 43 students participated to practice interviewing skills, obtain an internship job, and learn the proper way to eat and present themselves in a business environment. Employers completed evaluation forms on students after the 20 minute interview.

“We’re really looking for someone outgoing and very personable with knowledge of Microsoft Office,” says Amanda Weides, Maintenance Account Manager at Winters Landscape in Sycamore. Weides interviewed students this year but is an alumna of the Horticulture program at Kish and attended Interview Day as a student in the past.

Former students in both Diesel Power Technology and Horticulture have been successful in securing employment through the Interview Day process. Mike McElmeel, President of Bobcat of Rockford and Janesville, says the company currently has three employees from Kishwaukee College and he came to interview day to see what other candidates are available. “If they are interviewing you,” McElmeel says, “there’s a likelihood they will find a spot for you.” 

In preparation for Interview Day, instructors taught students how to write a cover letter, resume, and create a portfolio showcasing accomplishments. Several employers even visited the campus prior to Interview Day for a discussion panel so students could learn about companies prior to the event.

“Diesel Technicians are in high demand and the industry is struggling to find reliable, well-trained replacements for its retirees. Kish Diesel program is working with employers to ensure our students are trained properly to be entry-level ready,” says Mark Engel, Assistant Professor of Diesel Power Technology at the College. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a $46,360 median yearly salary for diesel service technicians and mechanics in 2017.

Businesses were invited to stay for the Etiquette Luncheon where they shared a meal with faculty, staff, and students at the College. Students practiced customary behaviors such as appropriate introductions, how to eat, and polite conversation.  

For information on the Horticulture or Diesel Power Technology programs, visit www.kish.edu/horticulture or www.kish.edu/dpt.

For information on Interview Day, contact Diesel Power Technology Assistant Professor Mark Engel at mengel1@kish.edu or 815-825-9787.


Photo: Kishwaukee College Diesel Power Technology and Horticulture students interviewed with local employers then had a Business Luncheon at the College. Pictured: Kish student Alberto Cacique interviews with employers at Diesel Power Technology and Horticulture Interview Day.

February 27, 2019

The Kishwaukee College Floral Design department hosted a guest designer as part of the Artist In Residence (AIR) program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) on Wednesday, February 20 at the College. Students in Janet Gallagher’s Floral Design class welcomed Polly Klein AIFD Certified Floral Designer, for a morning lecture followed by an afternoon of collaborative design.

Polly Klein is owner of Polly’s Petals & Particulars, a full-service floral company in Libertyville, Illinois that has specialized in floral and event styling for the past 19 years. They received Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award for 8 years in a row. For the past 4 years, Klein has been a floral designer for the Rose Parade. This year, her team constructed 4 floats and 3 received awards for outstanding floral design. Klein is an elected representative on the North Central Chapter AIFD. 

While at the College, Klein lectured on design aspects of the Rose Parade. Students gained insight into the special considerations of constructing large-scale floats including color blocking, ensuring a mechanically sound and secure float, and dynamics of designing with a team. Following the lecture, students worked as a class to create a floral piece in the spirit of Rose Parade float designs. Their design was on display in the Conference Center on campus, allowing students, staff, and faculty to enjoy the beautiful and impressive design.

The AIR program is offered through the AIFD to bring together industry professionals and floral design students at colleges and universities that have Student AIFD chapters. Kishwaukee College is one of only 16 colleges in the nation with an SAIFD chapter. 

For more information on the Floral Design Program at Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu/horticulture.  For more information on the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), visit http://aifd.org/


Photo Caption: Polly Klein, AIFD CFD, was the guest Artist In Residence at Kishwaukee College on February 20. Klein presented on the Rose Parade for the Floral Design class at the College. Students then worked with Klein to create a large piece stylized after Rose Parade floats. Pictured: Polly Klein.

Categories: Horticulture
August 29, 2018

The Horticulture department at Kishwaukee College will be holding their Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. Plant Sale will be in conjunction with the College’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming event. The Fall Plant Sale includes fall mums, asters, cold hardy perennials, fall wreaths, fall décor, and mixed containers. Custom planters will also be available; choose a container or bring your own.

The Kishwaukee College Horticulture staff and students will be on site during the sale to assist patrons and answer gardening and/or planting questions and will also assist with choosing plants suited to specific needs or wants.

Plant Sale participants should enter campus using the North (B) Entrance on Malta Road. Parking is limited but there will be a loading area available by the Greenhouse and horticulture students and staff to assist patrons with loading their purchases. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card (Discover, Visa and Mastercard). For more information, contact Horticulture Instructor Rich Alde at 815-825-9519 or at ralde@kish.edu.

May 8, 2018

The Horticulture department will be holding their Annual Plant Sale on May 11 from 7:30 am–2:00 pm in the Greenhouse located on the north side of campus. The Plant Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, zonal geraniums and large specialty annuals. There are also pre-planted containers of various sizes, hanging baskets and large bags of quality potting mix (2.8 cu. ft.) for sale.

The Kishwaukee College Horticulture staff and students will be on site during the sale to assist patrons and answer gardening and/or planting questions and will also assist with choosing plants suited to specific needs or wants.

Plant Sale participants should enter campus using the North (B) Entrance on Malta Road. Parking is limited but there will be a loading area available by the Greenhouse and horticulture students and staff to assist patrons with loading their purchases. Payment can be made by check, cash or credit card (Discover, Visa, American Express and Mastercard). For more information, contact Horticulture instructor Rich Alde at 815-825-9519 or at ralde@kish.edu.

Save the date for the Horticulture department Fall Plant Sale on September 15. Plant sale will be in conjunction with the College’s 50th Anniversary Homecoming event.

April 23, 2018

Two students in the Floral Design program at Kishwaukee College placed in the Illinois State Florists’ Association 113th Annual Floral Design Show held in Decatur on March 16-18. The convention includes hands-on classes, stage programs and opportunities for the students to network. Each year, floral design students from across the state compete in designing an arrangement; this year’s theme was Start with Color and the task was to create a centerpiece. Kish students Kira Bensinger, Genoa, and Matheu Poust, DeKalb, took First and Second Place, respectively. They are pictured with their centerpiece creations that utilized a monochromatic design. Poust is also wearing the floral neckpiece he created in the Flowers to Wear mini-competition. For more information on the Floral Design program at Kishwaukee College, contact Janet Gallagher at 815-825-9504 or jgallagher@kish.edu.

Categories: Horticulture
July 18, 2016

Jaymeson Wilcox played baseball in college for a year before joining the Army in 2003. “I love sports and being outside,” he said. This summer, the Kishwaukee College Horticulture student is spending every day outdoors at the baseball field. Jaymeson works with the grounds crew at Miller Stadium for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jaymeson, a 2002 graduate of Oregon High School, still has a few classes to complete at Kishwaukee College to receive his Associate in Applied Science in Sports Turf Management.  He has been working at the ball park since March and plans to return next season. It is a work experience made all the more interesting because Jaymeson had never even heard of Sports Turf as a career until 2013.

“I wanted to be a cop like my Dad growing up,” he explained. “I never knew a career like this even was a choice. In 2013, I started working in Davis Junction under Jamey Young. That's really where my interest in turf really started.” He enrolled in Kishwaukee College and found the Horticulture faculty pointing him in the right direction to pursue his new found interest. “They have all been great,” he said. “If I need anything, I can call or text them and if I have questions about something they will help me out the best they can.”

This summer, Jaymeson is at Miller Stadium every day. The ballpark is relatively new, having opened in 2001, and boasts the only fan-shaped convertible roof among America’s baseball parks. The turf is “lo-mo Kentucky bluegrass” which is common in ballparks because it is denser and creates truer hops for a baseball in motion. The grounds crew consists of three full-time members and approximately 35 seasonal grounds crew members, which this year includes Jaymeson.

A typical game day begins early as the crew gets the field ready for play. “I help get the field ready for games – patch bullpens, home plate, and the baselines,” he said. “It is surprising just how much work goes into getting the field ready for a game. You always have to be thinking two steps ahead on game days and be ready for things to pop last minute. There is a lot of work being done to the field when the team is out of town, too, and also when we get the field ready for a concert when the team is on the road. And then, of course, what happens to the turf after a concert!”

Jaymeson enjoys his day-to-day work schedule. He said, “The best part is the people I work with. There is such a great group of people that work up here, it makes the days fun! We all work very well together.”

He plans to complete his degree at Kishwaukee and return to Milwaukee next season to work at Miller Stadium.  “This is a perfect fit for me and I really enjoy knowing I am giving kids, adults and, in this case, professional athletes, the best playing surface I can.”

There is one unique aspect to Jaymeson's position at Miller Park. Jaymeson stated, “I'm a Chicago Cubs fan. I have always been one. So it’s hard not to cheer for the Cubs when they are in town.”

Categories: Horticulture
March 5, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Floral Design department hosted a guest designer as part of the Artist In Residence (AIR) program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) on Wednesday, February 28 at the College.  Students in Janet Gallagher’s Floral Design class watched a demonstration by John Windish AIFD CFD, in the morning and then created table top pieces with him during the afternoon for a hands-on experience.

John Windisch has over 40 years of experience in the floral industry, after starting a small shop in Sandwich, IL in 1976. He is an alumnus of the Kishwaukee College Horticulture program from 1978 - 79.  He was accepted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2004. Windish won the 2004 Land of Lincoln Cup design competition and receive the first Bill Bythe Award for continuing education in the floral industry. He speaks at floral events across northern Illinois and currently works as a freelance designer and for Floral Wonders in Geneva, Il

While at Kish, Windish presented and then worked with the students to create unique tablescapes. The students’ works were constructed and displayed in a lounge area at the College for a week, allowing students and staff to enjoy the clever and beautiful designs.

The AIR program is offered through the AIFD to bring together industry professionals and floral design students at colleges and universities that have Student AIFD chapters. Kishwaukee College is one of only 14 colleges in the nation with an SAIFD chapter. 

For more information on the Floral Design Program at Kishwaukee College, contact Janet Gallagher at 815-825-9504 or at jgallagher@kish.edu. For more information on the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), visit http://aifd.org/.  

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