Students enrolled in the Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology program at Oswego County BOCES are sprucing up employees desks with their Bud Vase Club.
Members of the Bud Vase Club receive flowers biweekly, and are delivered on the main campus in Mexico as well as Cayuga Community College in Fulton. 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 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-week, 10-week or one-year increments. The program runs from October to May for 16 weeks. The vase also includes an attached card with a spot that identifies what the flowers are, as well as the name of the student who student arranged it.
Students complete each bud vase in about 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.