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Who: Addie Kinghorn
Academic Program: Horticulture
Classes Taught: Introduction to Horticulture,
Turfgrass Management, Perennials: Culture and Identification,
Landscapes: Ecology and Sustainability, Residential Landscapes
Hobbies: Collecting antique kitchen utensils.
Among her prized finds: an unusual potato masher
Motto for Life: "You can only do one thing
at a time. I take one thing at time, each day at a time."
Growing a Greener Garden
Despite 30-plus years of working among plants, Horticulture
Instructor Addie Kinghorn still feels the thrill of watching life
grow out of the tiniest seed. "It's amazing when you watch those
two little leaves grow up, and suddenly you have a little
plant," she said. "Whether it's an acorn or a begonia
seed, it's really magical."
Kinghorn joined MCC's faculty 29 years ago when an administrator
approached her at her greenhouse hoping to find a quick faculty
replacement. Four years later, she became a full-time instructor at
MCC. Today, she and instructor Todd Morrissey interact with about 150
Horticulture students annually, teaching them in the areas of nursery
management, landscaping and floriculture.
These days, people are thinking differently about landscaping, food
gardens and sustainability, she said. Sustainability grounds much of
the curriculum—that is, students learn how to plant not just
for today but for the future. They study plants indigenous to
Nebraska that consume less water and fertilizer, saving money,
conserving resources and limiting the use of chemicals.
One of Kinghorn's recent projects is growing MCC's first organic
campus garden designed to teach Culinary Arts students about taking
food from the ground to the table in a sustainable way. Now in its
early stages, the garden will eventually grow spinach, kale, arugula,
turnips, beets, carrots, radishes, rutabagas, parsnips and more.
Vegetables harvested will be used in Culinary Arts classes and at the
Sage Student Bistro. "It's going to teach and tempt people to
try new things," Kinghorn said.
Addie's Garden Tips:
- June is the time to watch for pests. Instead of
using chemical insect controls, use organic sprays that
are better for your health and the environment.
- Carefully monitor plants still in their first
year. Even indigenous plants that need less
maintenance over their lifespan need extra attention
their first year.
- Use farmer's markets as learning laboratories for
kids. The abundant choices in fruits and vegetables
make this the ideal time to introduce children to new
- Visit MCC's Fort Omaha Campus, part of Nebraska's
Statewide Arboretum, for ideas on new plants and the
right places to put them. Take a tour of the
greenhouse and gardens; call 457-2692 for
- Take noncredit classes on gardening. Visit
www.mccneb.edu/ce for options.