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NMSU Floral Judging and Design team holds clinic

High school FFA students and teachers from across the state met in Roswell, N.M., in February for a judging clinic given by the New Mexico State University Floral Judging and Design team.



New Mexico State University Floral Judging and Design team president Monica Gomez gives a demonstration to high school teachers and students during a seminar in Roswell, N.M. (NMSU photo by Sabine Green)

The eight-hour clinic was held to train the students for Career Development Events in FFA. It also helped create interest in the horticulture major offered by NMSU.

"Judging clinics like this are much more beneficial to the students than what we've done in the past, training only teachers. This time, we got to interact with the students, creating a better recruiting base," said Sabine Green, floriculture program coordinator and team coach.

About 22 students and teachers attended the workshop, which included lecture time and a hands-on portion. They were taught how to make corsages and dish gardens; identify plants in the floriculture industry; diagnose disorders, diseases and pests; create displays for retail outlets and handle hazardous materials.

"The clinic went well. I really wish they had done something like this for students when I was in high school. The kids that participated are going to be far ahead of their competitors at contests," said Lyndsey Tiley, treasurer for the team.

In past years, the floral judging and design team has competed at national intercollegiate competitions and participated in numerous workshops.

The team will hold an Easter workshop on centerpieces from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 20 on the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces, Skeen Hall Room 142. For more information, please contact Sabine Green at (575) 646-3405.