MCCC Alumnus Gene Tobia Wins Multiple
Ribbons at Philadelphia Flower Show


MCCC alumnus 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 care.

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.

Gene Tobia in orchid garden at MCCC with
faculty member Amy Iseneker.
One of four third prize orchids.
One of Tobia's first place orchids
at the Philadelphia Flower Show

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