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MHS starts effort to restore greenhouse


Marshalltown High School biology instructor Lynne Diggins is pictured in the greenhouse at the school. The school is looking to make updates to the greenhouse to be able to utilize it for more instruction.

The once-thriving Marshalltown High School greenhouse is in need of several updates to bring it back to its full potential.

MHS biology instructor Lynne Diggins said the greenhouse is in need of a new watering system and several other updates.

As a start to help fund these updates, the school is selling poinsettias as a fundraiser through November 30. The poinsettias are for sale for $10 each and will be available on December 2. Orders can be made at the MHS main office or by contacting Lynne Diggins at

Years ago, plants from the greenhouse led to a big community plant sale at MHS led by former science teacher Jerry Heying. While bringing the plant sale back is a long term goal, Diggins said they plan to start small to increase the use of the greenhouse.

“We are looking to have students interested in creating a botany club and producing vegetables,” Diggins said.

Currently, the greenhouse is being used as just a way to grow hand-watered plants. Diggins hopes the improvements to the facility will bring back the glory days of the greenhouse.

“I think the greenhouse is a great educational tool to show the students real life examples of plants and hands-on work is always more exciting to teach and learn,” she said.