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NMSU floral design students to hold silent auction of colorful arrangements

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - What would be a better gift than to have a beautiful and fragrant floral arrangement hand delivered to a loved one for the holidays?

Laura Hill-Euler displays her arrangement at a floral auction. Proceeds from this year's event will help pay for teaching supplies in the Beginning Floral Evaluation and Design class. (Photo by Sabine Green)

Horticulture students at New Mexico State University are holding their annual floral artist's reception and silent auction from 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Skeen Hall Rotunda. The public is invited to come and bid on both fresh cut and permanent flower arrangements - and to meet and support the artists in a unique setting.

"While in class, students receive compliments from their peers on how they are progressing with their arrangements through the semester," said Sabine Green, coordinator for the Floriculture Program. "When they are able to share their work and progress with people outside the classroom, then they are able to get feedback from a whole different audience. This auction is a good way for the students to know how well they are doing."

Almost 20 arrangements will be available for bidding with designs ranging from holiday vignettes to ones that include baked goods. For a small fee, students will deliver the arrangements with a card to their intended recipients.

This auction serves as the final exam for students in Hort 240, "Floral Evaluation and Design." Green said her students are taking big steps in putting the final preparations together for the auction. Students from the floral judging and design team will also have arrangements up for auction.

Using an auction as the final assignment for floral students is a unique way to test the students' cumulative experience, Green said. She added that she is researching how this approach can be incorporated into classes at the high school level as a teaching tool, such as with engineering or other kinds of art programs.

"Not only is this event a cumulative final, it is also a fundraiser as well," Green said. Funds from the silent auction will be used to purchase supplies and teaching tools for the floral class. "In a time when we are facing budget cuts, this approach creates a self-paying program. It is important for students to not be cut on their creative experiences but to keep those experiences an important aspect of what they do every day."

The auction begins at 4:30 p.m. Bidding ends at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during the auction.

For more information about the auction, contact Green at swhitley@nmsu.edu.