SEVENTEEN students of Bossley Park High School are well on their way to becoming horticulturists after graduating from a course run by Wetherill Park TAFE earlier this month.
The students spent 12 weeks building a garden at the school, with the help of Wetherill Park TAFE's horticulture teacher Karen Roach.
The school's deputy principal, Kathii Langadinos, said during the 12-week program, Ms Roach attended the school every Wednesday and spent more than two hours with the students.
"They went out to two nurseries to learn about plants and how they operated before building an entire garden," she said.
"They had to apply mathematics to what they did because they had to measure up the soil, find out the volume as well as construct a retaining wall."
Ms Langadinos said the students also learnt landscaping skills. "Our visual arts gifted and talented students constructed garden sculptures that were symbolic of the school because they represented our values — respect, multiculturalism, motivation, inspiration and leadership," she said. "They've now been placed in the garden."
The school dedicated the garden to its former principal, Ian Parnaby.