Meeting the Future of Horticulture

John and Jill Hoffman spent last week meeting horticulture students from across the country. They were all attending the 41st National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. This annual, three-day competition and networking event brings together students from over 60 horticultural programs and is sponsored by the National Association for Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Hoffman Nursery has been participating in the NCLC for several years, serving as lead sponsor for the Annual & Perennial Plant Identification competition. We had a lot of help this year from Olson’s Greenhouse—they provided plants for the event. The competition is always intense, and students take their identification task seriously. Brett Zylstra from Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture placed first in this year’s competition.

For John and Jill, the highlight of the event is always visiting with students. This year, they were once again inspired by students’ enthusiasm for horticulture.

Check out highlights from the NCLC in our photos below. Want to learn more about this year’s event? Try the hashtag #NALPNCLC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Sandhills Community College students were eager and ready for competition. Congratulations to them on winning best cheer and $1000 at the opening ceremony.
Sandhills Community College students were eager and ready for competition. Congratulations to them on winning best cheer and $1000 at the opening ceremony.
As we mentioned above, John and Jill Hoffman visited the Salem, Utah location of Olson's Greenhouse of Colorado to pick up plants for the ID competition. Huge thanks to Olson's for providing the plant material and to Matt Carr for pulling the plants.

As we mentioned above, John and Jill visited the Salem, Utah location of Olson’s Greenhouse to pick up plants for the ID competition. Huge thanks to Olson’s for providing the plant material and to Matt Carr for pulling the plants.

John Hoffman briefed students before the Annual & Perennial Plant Identification competition. The briefing included outlining the rules, describing the procedures, and answering any questions the students had.

John Hoffman briefed students before the Annual & Perennial Plant Identification competition. He outlined the rules, described the procedures, and answered questions from the students.

Students rotated among plant specimens during the course of the event. They had to give the correct botanical and common names for each plant.

Students rotated among plant specimens during the event. They had to give the correct botanical and common names for each plant.

It was great running into Brian Trader from Longwood Gardens, Lee Ivy, Lis Meyer and Elizabeth Riley from NC State at the Career Fair. Nearly 100 landscape, lawn care, tree care, irrigation and supplier companies were on hand to meet with students.
Nearly 100 landscape, lawn care, tree care, irrigation, and supplier companies were on hand to meet with students during the Career Fair. We enjoyed running into Elizabeth Riley, Lis Meyer, and Lee Ivy (left to right) from North Carolina State, along with Brian Trader from Longwood Gardens (far right).

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