Joan Alexander will be the speaker for the Lugoff Garden Club meeting on Monday, April 18.
The meeting will be held at the home of Sandy Fitts in Kings Grant, Lugoff. The social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Alexander’s presentation will cover ornamental horticulture which is the study of growing, arranging and tending decorative plants and flowers. Ornamental horticulture explores methods for designing plant and flower displays that can be used by golf courses, greenhouses and public or private businesses. Ornamental horticulturalists design landscapes and garden arrangements that are sustainable and pleasing to the eye. Careers involve outdoor work and arranging plants and flowers. Horticulturalists incorporate conservation strategies which use native plants to replenish the soil. Top-tier ornamental horticulturists are able to plan flowering cycles and match companion plants when designing landscapes. Topics include gardening techniques and plant care, soil chemistry, plant biology, plant breeding and floral arrangements for special occasions.
Alexander is an instructor at W.J. Keenan High School in Columbia. She is currently the only Agricultural Education instructor/FFA Advisor in the Richland One school district. She has been teaching a Horticulture Pathway program at W.J. Keenan for the past five years. Classes offered are the Introduction to Horticulture, Floriculture, Greenhouse Technology, & Turf Grass. A Landscape Technology course will be introduced next year.
Alexander attended Clemson University in Ornamental Horticulture and received her teaching degree in Biology from Winthrop University. She has been married for 35 years to David Alexander of Florence and they have two adult children.
Alexander has taught in Rock Hill, Chester, Darlington, Florence and now Columbia. She was the Horticulture instructor/FFA Advisor at the Florence Career Center for 11 years. She advises an adult Agriculture program: Richland Young Farmers & Agribusiness Association for Mr. Allen G. Smith Sr., president for 2016. Alexander has been in the florist industry since 1978, and has come up through the ranks from delivery to owner. Her love of flowers and all kinds of plants can be seen through her daily life and her teaching.
The W. J. Keenan High School program has a greenhouse sales program and houseplants are available for rent year-round. Yard and smaller houseplants are available for sale anytime by appointment.