DCTC Landscape Horticulture Students Compete at PLANET Student Career Days in Atlanta

Published on: April 22, 2010

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10 students and one faculty member from the Landscape Horticulture program at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC), Rosemount, MN, recently participated in PLANET Student Career Days (SCD), held this year at Chattahoochee Technical College in Atlanta, GA from April 7-11. The SCD is an annual national event for landscape students sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). Students had the opportunity to compete in events that are directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry. The event also offers a Career Fair which gave DCTC students the occasion to meet prospective employers in the industry and discuss employment opportunities. This year, 67 two and four-year colleges and universities from around the country took part in the 4-day event, with over 865 student participants. Students spent several months outside of normal class hours preparing for their events with several placing in the top 10% among their peers. The following are photos from some of the competitive events. 

Event Photos 

Joel Mickelson places 56th. out of 865 students for Superstar status!

Landscape Installation Team: Kathy, Brett and Keely

Brea Pool! takes 7th. place out of 120 in Woody Plant I.D. competition

DCTC student Deb Flanders honored as PLANET AEF scholarship winner!

Keely gets ready to do a little pruning


Truck and Trailer Team: Andrew and Joel

DCTC students with garden guru P. Allen Smith (center)

Learn more about P. Allen Smith  at www.pallensmith.com  

In addition to the competitive events students toured the beautiful residence of John and Nancy Williams, one of the premier residential landscapes in Atlanta. With ten acres and over a mile of trails the garden had plenty to “wow” students. The grounds included a world class collection of Japanese Maples, a formal oval garden, a vegetable garden, a rose garden, rock steams and waterfalls that feed several ponds stocked with Koi. Other garden features include an azalea garden, and Asian garden and a rustic pavilion garden dubbed “the ruins”. The gardens were in full bloom and spectacular! 

 Garden Tour Photos 

Azaleas in full bloom with garden ruin in background

Also included on the tour was the Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Situated on over fifteen acres, this garden recently made the transition from private to public garden. With a natural woodland trail, rose garden, conifer garden, rock garden, perennial border, vegetable garden, waterfall and pond, and a collection of thirty pieces of contemporary sculpture, the garden is a must see. The garden is a true botanical wonder with over 3000 varieties of pants, shrubs and trees. 

DCTC students with tour guide on natural stone retaininmg wall

DCTC student contemplates the view from Tea Garden pavillion

DCTC students were also afforded the opportunity to learn about Atlanta’s early history while touring the historic Oakland Cemetery (www.oaklandcemetery.com) which dates back to 1850. Docent Sally Smith was our tour guide for the afternoon and told the story of Atlanta while weaving in a short course in zone 7 plant identification. Thank you Sally! 

DCTC students with docent Sally Smith on far right

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