Connecting with Students

Spring brings one of the yearly events we always enjoy. Horticultural students from all over the country come together to compete, learn, and network. It’s the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, an initiative of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). This year, the event was hosted by Mississippi State University, where the event was held for the first time 40 years ago.

NALPOver the years, more than 15,000 students have participated and 864 students have received $902,400 in scholarships at the event. Hoffman Nursery is proud to help support students and the event. Locally, we give a boost to groups from Alamance Community College, North Carolina State University, and Sandhills Community College. All three finished in the top 20 in the overall competition.

Again this year, we sponsored and coordinated the Annual & Perennial Plant Identification competition. John and Jill Hoffman attended and had a fantastic time meeting and talking with students. Take a minute to see what happened at this year’s event in the photos below. Interested in seeing more? Try the hashtag #NALPNCLC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

John Hoffman briefed students
John Hoffman briefed students before the competition. The briefing included outlining the rules, describing the procedures, and answering questions.
Brian Trader as timekeeper
Brian Trader from Longwood Gardens served as the timekeeper. John Hoffman made sure Brian had it timed just right.
Plant ID competition
Students rotated among plant speciments during the course of the event. The had to give the correct botanical and common names for each plant.
Brian Trader and Janet Bagnell
Brian Trader and Janet Bagnell from Longwood Gardens helped make the annual and perennial identification a success.
Plant ID Winners
Winners of the annual and perennial plant identification were Christian Fox of the University of Georgia (not pictured), Scarlett Kilby of North Georgia Technical College (2nd from left), and Robbie Combs of Cuyahoga Community College (far right). NALP President-elect Bret Lemcke (left) and John Hoffman (2nd from right) congratulate them.
Landscape plant installation
Landscape plant installation was the last event in the competition. Here, the team from NC State puts on the finishing touches.

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