December 21, 2012 -
Each December, teacher Lynn McKay’s Environmental Horticulture Class at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. holds a holiday plant sale. They sell wreaths, poinsettias, cyclamen and lemon cypress, using the proceeds to fund the horticulture program at Interlake.
 
Thanks to the involvement of Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, the students make about 150 wreaths – about 75 for the sale and one for each student to take home. Steve Kealy, Superintendent at Glendale, and his staff supply the green materials for the wreaths and help the students make them. Wreath-making requires an eye for color and design to select the right mix of greenery, and nimble hands to place bunches of the selected items into the metal clamps.
 
When the sale ends, the students and the golf course continue to work together. Interlake High’s Horticulture program sends its advanced students to Glendale to design plantings for the golf course. And Steve Kealy sits on Lynn McKay’s community advisory committee. McKay’s class also regularly visits Glendale for First Green field trips, where they use the golf course as an environmental science learning lab.