Students from several South Florida high schools took part in FNGLA Palm Beach Chapter’s Landscape Design Competition at the South Florida Fair in January with three teams taking home top honors.
The competition, sponsored by FNGLA’s Palm Beach Chapter, is a way to spark interest in horticulture as a career path for students, according to Chapter President-Elect Laura Corrigan.
Students from Western High School’s horticulture class took home the top honors for the Landscape competition, while horticulture students from McArthur High School took home top bragging rights for their plant identification display. Third place went to South Fork High, an all-freshman team.
Each school in the landscape competition was awarded a ribbon from the South Florida Fair and monetary gift for the class from FNGLA’s Palm Beach Chapter.
The competition included more than 50 students from area schools -- some of whom are currently studying to earn FNGLA’s Certified Horticulture Professional designation, Corrigan says.
FNGLA’s Certified Horticulture Professional designation has been taught in an increasing number of Florida high schools for more than a decade, giving students the chance to both earn a professional certification to set themselves apart, and to network with other professionals in Florida’s nursery and landscape industry.
For more information on FNGLA’s certification designations, or what it takes to become FNGLA certified, please visit www.fngla.org. •