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.
The National Collegiate Landscape Competition, an initiative of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, celebrated its 40th year. Hoffman Nursery was there to encourage this next generation of horticulturists.