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.
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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
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 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!