Alumnus Gene Tobia Wins Multiple
Ribbons at Philadelphia Flower Show
Gene Tobia was awarded two first place and four third place ribbons
at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March for orchids he has developed
and nurtured in the MCCC Greenhouse. Tobia graduated from Mercer
in 2006 with degrees in Nursing, Biology and Plant Science.
Now a dialysis nurse, Tobia still enjoys his "out of control"
hobby caring for approximately 150 easy-to-grow hybrids at the MCCC
greenhouse. Duruing his weekly visits, Tobia attends to his delicate
plants and field questions from students about orchids and their
Says Horticulture Program Coordinator Amy Iseneker, "Gene's
passion for orchids has turned into a wonderful teaching opportunity
for our students."
MCCC degree programs in Horticulture include an A.S. in Plant Science
and an A.A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture. Noncredit classes are
offered throughout the year, including "Organic Vegetable Gardening"
May 11 and "Care of Home Lawns" May 18. For more information
on MCCC's Horticulture programs, visit the website here.
Tobia in orchid garden at MCCC with
faculty member Amy Iseneker.
of four third prize orchids.
of Tobia's first place orchids
at the Philadelphia Flower Show
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