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At the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, students compete in a variety of tasks to take home the top prize for their school in landscape design, maintenance, irrigation, equipment operation and more.
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The National Collegiate Landscape Competition (formerly Student Career Days) will take place March 15-18 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. This is the second time the competition has been held at BYU -- the first was in 2006.

This year, approximately 800 horticulture and landscape students from approximately 60 schools will test their skills in 28, real-world, competitive events, and interview with landscape, lawn care, tree care, irrigation, and other companies at the Career Fair, which will be held on Thursday, March 16.

"We encourage all industry companies who are looking for new talent to participate in the career fair and watch the students compete in the events," said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, NALP CEO. "This is the biggest career event in the industry and it is amazing to have the support of so many companies and industry suppliers."

"Our students typically participate in the collegiate competition," said Dave Williams of Auburn University. "They have a big plant sale that helps cover travel to the event." He also noted that the event exposes students to the industry.

"We have a horticulture club that does fundraising to go to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition," said Robin Fruth-Dugstad of Rochester Community and Technical College. "They go out and do gardening for homeowners, who then make a donation to the club to go out to the competition."

For more information about event sponsorships, securing a booth at the Career Fair, or to register for the event, visit

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February 28, 2020, 12:54 am PDT

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