This year, Ancona seventh and eighth graders are growing their own graduation flowers–that is, the cut stems they’ll be handed with their diploma.

As students have learned, local flowers are cleaner and greener than those from most florists. They don’t have to be shipped or refrigerated and don’t require pesticides or preservatives.

Students planted snapdragons and dianthus in their classrooms in March and transplanted them outdoors in April. Hopefully they’ll bloom at just the right time come June!