Horticulturist Heather Pritchard to ‘Dig Into Spring’ at March 13 Torch Society Meeting

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MOBILE, Ala. – Horticulturist Heather Pritchard will demonstrate ways to bring the beauty of spring into the home at the University of Mobile Torch Society meeting on March 13.

Her topic is “Dig Into Spring!” Her presentation will include a demonstration of tips and techniques. Original floral centerpieces will be for sale, with a door prize arrangement created by Pritchard during the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy. The event is free for members and first-time guests, and $15 for non-members. RSVP online at umobile.edu/torchsocietyevents. For information, call 251.442.2201.

The Torch Society, and the Junior Torch Society for members ages 22 to 35, is in its first year with a full schedule of engaging programs and speakers, social gatherings and philanthropic events. Membership is open to individuals interesting in the society’s vision of “Lighting the Way through Scholarships.”

Heather Pritchard is a horticulturist who cares for floriculture and other specialty plants on UM’s campus. She has taught the horticulture program for Murray State University in Kentucky where she has previously obtained her Bachelor of Science in horticulture and Master of Science in agricultural science. As the first director of the arboretum at Murray State, she has designed public gardens as well as private. Most recently, she has developed a permanent community farmers’ market and facility in Foley, Alabama, helping develop new farms by providing opportunities and education for growers in coastal Alabama.

Her husband, Brett, is UM’s horticulturist. They live with their three daughters on a blackberry and blueberry farm in Elberta, Alabama, where they harvest their primary crops of berries and sell them each spring.



About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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