Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth in the landscape. It’s also time for the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) Annual Student Career Days, otherwise known as the “Olympics of Landscaping,” which has been taking place each year for more than 30 years. Just as spring is starting anew, these students are embarking on fresh careers in the landscape industry.
During this event, which took place March 20 to 23 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., nearly 850 landscape and horticulture student “athletes” from 65 of the nation’s top horticulture and landscape programs competed in industry-based competitive events and visited with landscape businesses from across the country to explore internship and career opportunities. They also attended educational workshops to heighten their skills in the landscape and horticulture industry. The topics covered a wide-range of landscape specifics, including 3-D landscape design, efficient irrigation installation and techniques, hardscape design and installation, plant and weed identification and even business management, to name just a few. Also, the Professional Landcare Network’s Academic Excellence Foundation (AEF) awarded more than 70 deserving students with scholarships.