Mercer County Community College to Usher in Spring with High School Horticulture Expo March 10 and 11
Students participating in the 2016 Live Floral Design Competition.
Themed arrangements range from holiday and wedding designs to terrariums and dish gardens.
West Windsor, N.J. -- Central New Jersey will usher in Spring with its very own flower show this weekend. Now in its sixth year, Mercer County Community College (MCCC), the MCCC Horticulture Program and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture are partnering to host the New Jersey High School Horticulture Expo. The expo takes place March 10 and 11 and is presented to the public free of charge.
Suggested visiting hours are Friday, March 10, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibits will be displayed on the second floor skywalk, surrounding the quad on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
According to Professor Amy Ricco, Coordinator of the MCCC Horticulture Program, more than 500 students from 30 New Jersey high schools will participate, including representatives of the FFA Student Leadership Organization. (Participating schools offer horticulture and agriculture programs.)
Judging of all entries will be take place on March 10. Students will be judged in 30 categories including a live floral design competition that takes place on Friday morning. Other categories include house plants, terrariums, dish gardens, bedding plants grown from seed, and themed floral arrangements such as holidays, wedding and congratulatory bouquets. The prizes will include Best in Division and Best in Show.
Ricco notes that MCCC is one of only four community colleges in the state to offer Horticulture and Plant Science degree programs and adds that job prospects in the field remain strong.
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