Student Competition Comes to North Carolina

Last week brought students from all over the country to North Carolina. They were here to attend the 42nd National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC), hosted by Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina. NCLC is an annual, three-day event that brings horticulture students and industry partners together. Each year, more than 700 students from two- and four-year colleges demonstrate their skills in real-world, competitive events and network with companies at the largest career fair in the industry.

For several years, Hoffman Nursery has sponsored the Annual & Perennial Plant Identification competition. We love seeing so many students excited about the horticulture industry and devoted to knowing their plants. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Kory Beidler (NALP NCLC Committee Chair), Justin Wigdahl (Iowa State U, 1st), Lynn Lorio (Cincinnati State Tech & Comm College, 2nd), Jesus Preciado (Cal Poly – Pomona), JAH
(L to R) Kory Beidler (NALP NCLC Committee Chair), Justin Wigdahl (Iowa State University, 1st), Lynn Lorio (Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, 2nd), and Jesus Preciado (Cal Poly–Pomona, 3rd), John Hoffman.

With the event happening near our nursery, we had even more opportunities to get involved. Groups from Stephen F. Austin University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, South Dakota State, and Brigham Young University toured our nursery. They saw our operations, walked the gardens, and learned about grasses and sedges. We also spent time with a group from Cuyahoga Community College. They were hosted by Bland Landscaping, Inc., who included us in a day visiting client sites, touring Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and learning about stormwater management.

NCLC plays a vital role in building our industry and keeping it relevant. Helping students attend is an investment well worth making. We support local programs by hosting workdays at the nursery. This year, students from Alamance Community College, North Carolina State University, and Sandhills Community College spent time at the nursery and received support.

We want to thank everyone who was a part of the event. And big congrats to Alamance Community College for a job well done in hosting this year’s competition. You can see a few of our photos from the tours, events, and competition below.

Want to learn more about NCLC? Try the hashtag #nalpnclc on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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