PAX 2013 Poinsettia Sale!

November 5, 2013

PAX 2013 Poinsettia Sale

Pre-orders for the Pi Alpha Xi poinsettia sale are closed. But you can still print this flier & coupon and bring it to the sale for $1 off a $10 poinsettia purchase.

The poinsettia sale will be held December 4th and 5th from 7am to 6pm in Howlett Greenhouse on the Ohio State University Columbus campus. See below for driving and walking directions.

Click these links for directions to the sale: driving directions & walking directions.

2010 Fall Initiation

October 28, 2010

We had a great fall Initiation this year at McFaddens On October 22. Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farms graciously accepted to be our first  Jack Williams Keynote Speaker. In memory of Jack, everyone took their socks off. In Lloyd’s own words, “As I gave the Jack Williams Keynote Address at OSU last Friday in his place, I got everyone to honor Jack by taking of their socks for a picture. Jack would have LOVED this!!! I wish I could hear him laughing, but I couldn’t because I was crying. Rest in Peace, good friend. I miss you.”

A much needed update!

October 4, 2010

Hello all!

I realize the site has been lacking an update! Lots has been going on with PAX since the Poinsettia Sale of last year. In fact, the planning of the 2010 sale has already begun. Since the sale, we spent time in Pittsburgh, PA for a quick weekend trip in March and Washington, DC for our annual trip in June. Both trips were wonderfully educational and fun-filled. We also participated in the spring plant sale once again in May, where we sold hand-made cacti and succulent arrangements, along with some tropicals and miniature orchids. Our fall initiation is upcoming (October 22) and we are excited to have Jack Williams as our speaker and guest once again. I am looking forward to seeing all the new and old faces this year.

See you soon!

Aaron Ostrom
Past President and Secretary

2009 Poinsettia Sale…Success!

December 11, 2009

Thanks to everyone who helped and supported the Pi Alpha Xi Poinsettia Sale this year. Our members made it the success it was…and all their hard work payed off. As usual…loyal and even new customers continue to support the honor society and it’s efforts in horticulture. Hope to see you next year! The dates will be December 1st and 2nd, 2010.

Happy Holidays!


Aaron Ostrom
President, Pi Alpha Xi
Epsilon Chapter

PAX Attends IPPS Eastern Region Conference

October 21, 2009

A select number of PAX students were able to attend a portion of the IPPS (International Plant Propagators Society) Eastern Region Conference in Cleveland, OH this past weekend. The society was able to raise funds to assist in brining in students to attend and participate in the activities. We arrived Friday morning and proceeded to attend and afternoon of nursery tours in Lake County. Tours included Klyne Nurseries, Willowbend Nursery, and Cottage Gardens. We also attended talks on Saturday morning and a banquet Friday night. Our only expense for students was the rented van. The experience, though short, proved enjoyable. It’s even small outings such as this that make being a member of PAX a valuable resource for education and networking opportunities “outside the box.”

written by Aaron Ostrom

First Meeting of the Fall Quarter

September 11, 2009

To all current and possible future members of Pi Alpha Xi -

Our first meeting of the fall quarter will be on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 5:00 pm in the Howlett Glassroom. This room is easy to find, it is located on the first floor of Howlett Hall, Room 139 (2001 Fyffe Court). Food will be provided for all who attend. Pi Alpha Xi is an honorary society that glady accepts members who have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Our society is centered around fellowship through horticulture and floriculture.

Aaron Ostrom – Pi Alpha Xi President, Epsilon Chapter

PAX visits Richmond

February 23, 2008


Ten PAX members ran to catch a 6am Skybus Plane from Port Columbus to Richmond, Virginia. A stay at the Linden Row Hotel and many exciting adventures awaited them.

An initial whirlwind day included the flight, Ashcroft House, and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Ashcroft House was moved piece by piece from England. Garden features included a knot, shade, and kitchen garden. A spectacular view was provided from the knoll in which the house was placed. A short driving trip was then made to Brent and Becky’s Bulbs where PAX was treated to the greatest of southern hospitality. Brent and Becky gave a wonderful tour of their operation and their home. PAX was also treated to a fantastic dinner and beverages at their home.

The duration of the trip was less exhausting but no less exciting. A visit to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden included an interview and picture which can be found Buckeye Blog on August 22. The highlights were grand in scale and included a sunken garden, conservatory, and expansive and exciting children’s garden. Maymont park was also toured and included a lovely Japanese and Italian garden.

A day trip was then made to Monticello- The Home of Thomas Jefferson. Guided tours were taken of the home and gardens. Monticello is known for the preservation of heirloom plant varieties. These were noted throughout the garden and the immense vegetable garden. Members of the family are buried on site include Thomas Jefferson. The group then tasted wines at the Thomas Jefferson Vineyard.

A celebratory dinner provided an extremely fulfilling Italian feast including appetizers, dinners, deserts, and wine. A very long night’s sleep followed. Everyone was given the opportunity to select a full day’s activity without the group. These activities included a trip to the beach, canal tour, shopping in Richmond, Frisbee golf and relaxation.

The yearly trip is one of the many perks of being a member of Pi Alpha Xi. The tireless work that members provide during the annual Poinsettia sale provides these trips at no cost to members. The 2008 trip will be to Niagara Falls and Toronto.


Written by Christine Dudgeon


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