FFA Floriculture Contest held in Montana
by Pat Hansen
Students from Park City, Big Timber, Missoula and Deer Lodge, Mont., gathered at the PCHS Vo-Ed building recently to compete in the FFA Invitational Floriculture Contest ” one of only two floriculture contests held in the state.
The morning began with workshops during which the 35 students built plant boxes under the direction of Chad Walker and Barney Hedges; learned about propagation and transplanting of plants from Ed Hebbe, owner of the Potting Bench greenhouse; and watched as Judy Paul, owner of Deer Lodge Floral explained how to make boutonnieres and centerpieces.
After lunch the FFA and greenhouse students competed in seven different areas ” plant identification, making a boutonniere, asexual plant propagation, job interview, floral arrangement, potting plant cuttings and a written test.
The winners of the contest were the Big Timber team of Sarah Hogeman, Julie Hogeman, Sarah Dawe and Melissa Richert with 1,286 points; second place was Missoula with 1,240; third was Deer Lodge with 1,180; and fourth was Park City with 1,063. The top individuals were: first place, Melissa Richert of Big Timber with 347 points out of a possible 442; second, Sarah Hogemark of Big Timber with 332; third, Heather McIntosh of Deer Lodge with 326; fourth, Sarah Dawe of Big Timber with 324; fifth, Maggie Mcalpine of Missoula with 316; and sixth, Jessica Gillman of Missoula with 310.
Plants and other supplies were provided by Harris Wholesale of Victor; High Country Growers of Helena; Glacier Mountain Floral of Helena; Potting Bench, Cattail Co. Floral and Gifts, and Deer Lodge Floral, all of Deer Lodge.
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