Horticulture students place in PLANET competition

The Virginia Tech PLANET competition team placed 13th overall this year, and many individual members placed in the top 10 of their categories.

The Virginia Tech PLANET competition team placed 13th overall this year, and many individual members placed in the top 10 of their categories.

Twenty-seven students traveled to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, this spring to compete in the Professional Landcare Network’s 38th Annual Student Career Days — a national collegiate landscape competition sponsored by several national landscaping and construction companies. The students came from the Department of Horticulture and the Agricultural Technology Program.

The Virginia Tech students competed against 720 other students from 65 different schools and placed 13th as a team. Many individuals placed in the top 10 of their categories, including Ned Harm, who won seventh place for interior landscape design.

“Virginia Tech’s presence is very important at PLANET because we are one of the largest schools that goes with the largest team. We place in the top 15 normally and have great team members who place top 10 throughout the competition,” said Harm, a horticulture senior from Martinsville, Virginia.

For students, the benefits are practical as well. Harm secured a job while attending the event and will be relocating at the end of May to begin his landscaping career with a company in Texas.

The PLANET team was led by Barbara Leshyn, instructor in the Department of Horticulture; John James, senior research specialist in horticulture; and Tom Martin, advanced instructor in the Agricultural Technology Program.

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