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Public Invited to High School Horticulture Expo March 13-14 at Mercer County Community College


West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) is ready to usher in spring.  Now in its fourth year at Mercer, the MCCC Horticulture Program and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture will team up to host the New Jersey High School Horticulture Expo. The public is invited to visit this free show.

Suggested viewing hours are: Friday, March 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Exhibits will be displayed on the 2nd Floor Skywalk, surrounding the quad on the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

According to Associate Professor Amy Ricco, coordinator of the MCCC Horticulture Program, more than 500 high school students from 30 schools will participate, including representatives of the FFA Student Leadership Organization.  Students hail from schools that offer horticulture and agriculture programs.

Mardi Gras is one of many themed categories that will be on display at the High School Horticulture Expo.

Judging of all entries will be take place on March 13.  Students will be judged in 30 categories including a live floral design competition on Friday morning.  Other categories include house plants, terrariums, dish gardens, bedding plants grown from seed, and themed floral arrangements such as 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.

Directions to MCCC’s West Windsor campus are available at www.mccc.edu.

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