This is a qualifying contest for the State contest. The top two teams will be eligible to enter the State FFA Career Development event. (The percentages qualified at area contests are based on the percentage of full three- or four-person teams indicating that they are attempting to qualify at an area contest.) Practice teams will not be accepted.
Floriculture is limited to 12 teams.
Information from Related Floriculture Events
To provide a competitive event for high school agriculture students, emphasizing skills in floriculture including general knowledge, plant identification, and practical experience.
- To provide high school agriculture students with floriculture interests a practical experience that will serve them well in the industry of floriculture.
- To develop students' ability to identify plants.
- To develop students' skills in analyzing floral arrangements to determine prices.
Floriculture includes both retailing and production of flowers, plants, and foliage.
Contest will be held at Mill Creek Gardens. Students will be bused from Mid-State Technical College to the location. The contestants will need to move between multiple buildings, so please wear clothing and shoes that will be appropriate.
Rules of the Contest
A team shall consist of four members with the top four scores constituting the team score.
The contest shall have three phases:
- Identification of plant material and tool/equipment (50 points per member)
- General knowledge written examination (50 points per member)
- A practicum (200 team points)
Contestants will not be allowed to touch or handle plant materials during the contest except during the practicum.
Any communication between contestants from the same team during the contest or having a cell phone will be sufficient cause to eliminate the team from the contest.
Phase I – Identification of Plant Materials
Specimens from the "Floriculture Plant Identification List" and the “Floriculture Tool List” provided in the Floriculture section of the National FFA Career Development Events Handbook will be provided for participants to identify by scientific and common names. Each specimen will be designated by a number. The participants will write the appropriate number from the "Floriculture Plant Identification List" or the “Floriculture Tool List” in the space next to the specimen's number on the official score card and bubble in the number.
Phase II – General Knowledge
An exam will be used to test the participant's knowledge and understanding of the basic biological and scientific principles of producing and marketing flowers, plants, and foliage. Test questions will originate from past National Floriculture Contest Exams.
Phase III – Practicum-Team Activity
Students will work as a team to prepare a floral arrangement—specific arrangement style will be announced at the contest. Students will have to work together to complete the task within the specified time.
Materials provided will include a similar pre-sorted selection of flowers, foliage, and materials appropriate to create a specified arrangement. Participants must bring their own floral knife, scissors, wire cutters, clipboard, and no. 2 pencils.