Basil is our beloved greenhouse cat that has been with us for nearly 15 years. He is a fearless mouser that keeps us pest free, and a student lover that keeps them stress free.
Earlier this week, the college poured a new sidewalk to connect the greenhouse to the restaurant and we thought that it was a great opportunity for Basil to immortalize himself by imprinting his paw into the cement.
Basil, if you don’t know, is our lovable greenhouse cat that has been here catching not only critters, but the hearts of staff, students, and anyone he meets around this campus for the past 13 years. He helps us in the greenhouse by catching the unwanted rodents around campus (he is our natural pest control). His charm boosts moral when he takes over students coats and backpacks for an afternoon nap, or absconds with a french fry or two during lunch. He is who everyone asks for when they enter the greenhouse. Now he is going to help a future NC student with their finances, we are selling these Basil plush toy key chains for $6.00 each and a portion of this will go into a $500 bursary in Basil’s name, the rest will go back into the “kitty” to help offset the cost of running the greenhouse. They are for sale now and will remain on sale until November (or until they run out). They are only available at the Niagara College Greenhouse’s Benchmarket. The bursary will be awarded during the winter term (2017).
Coleus, also known as Solenostemon, is an herbaceous perennial native to the tropical areas of Africa, Asia, Australia, the East Indies and the Philippines. Although it is a perennial, most gardeners in the US and Canada treat it as an annual based on the zone changes it faces in North America.