Garrett Fiss (left) and Jared Dorsey (right) help build an interactive learning garden at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
TAMPA, FL -
Out of all the things Plant sophomores Garrett Fiss and Jared Dorsey could've done on a chilly day off school, they chose to spend hours doing labor in a garden.
"I like engineering and architecture so to me it's like designing outside," Fiss said. "At the end of the day I like looking at what I did," he said.
The goal of the garden, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, is to teach families and kids about Florida friendly plants.
"There will be be signs up saying what kind of plant it is and they'll be like oh I can put this in my yard," Dorsey said.
Dorsey and Fiss helped construct the garden and level the land for planting. They're used to building lasting foundations. The two have been friends for 14 years.
"We were born in same hospital three days apart," Fiss said. "After we met our moms talked about that. We could've been two rooms apart in the hospital we don't know. We met at two and have been best friends ever since."
They're staying out of trouble when trouble is easy to find. Instead of playing video games and going online, the two started a landscaping business, and spend most of their time outside. They're both working to become Eagle Scouts and the garden is one of their last projects. Dorsey can't wait to see the finished project.
"When you're done with the project it's like wow I did that."