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members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Celebrations of white and red were held recently in Macon and Bullock counties. These colors allude to the shades of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Alabama Extension had the privilege of working in coordination with the sorority as well as elementary schools to educate at local events.

The Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of the sorority commemorated the centennial by giving the gift of horticulture. Alabama Extension was contacted by Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. to assist with the planting of encore azaleas at several area schools on April 1 and April 4. Chapter members called the event “A Joyful Heart Blooms Year-Round.”

students planting encore azaleas

Students preparing to plant encore azaleas.

Supplied by Bonnie Plants for this occasion, this species of azalea symbloizes the heritage of the group by blooming in the organization’s colors. Most azalea species only bloom in the spring. However, this cultivar is unique because of its outstanding ability to bloom during multiple seasons of the year, hence their name: encore azaleas.

Extension Regional Agents Dani Carroll and David Koon were given the opportunity to educate the school’s students and faculty about the azaleas. Each participant took home new knowledge of plant care. Both agents said participants also took home a better understanding of horticulture as a whole.

“One of the best parts of this event was having the opportunity to talk with everyone about horticulture,” said Alabama Extension Regional Agent Dani Carroll. “We loved being involved with the commemorative plantings, and the student education added to the events.”

Koon, also a regional agent, echoed her sentiments.

“It’s always neat to be able to introduce people to the world of horticulture, share what we do at Alabama Extension and inspire others,” Koon said. “I will always remember the day we planted each of the azaleas and hopefully the kids will too.”

Each member of Delta Sigma Theta Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter and the local schools will care for these new horticultural additions in their communities for years to come.

More Information

For more information on horticulture, please visit the Alabama Extension website at www.aces.edu.

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