Name of Contest:

Contest Chairs:
Brenda Schlinsog
Cindy Hohlstein

Contest purpose/objectives:
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.

Qualification Statement:
This is a qualifying contest for the State contest. The top 4 teams will be eligible to enter the State FFA Career Development event. Practice teams will not be accepted. One team per school. This contest is limited to 15 teams.

Placement of teams will be determined by tabulating the three best scores of contestants from the school. Individual placement will include team activity scores.

If a tie occurs within the top 5 teams or individuals, the following events will be used to determine award recipients:


  • Highest written exam
  • Highest ID exam

Overall Team

  • Total (top 3 team members) combined practicum scores
  • Total (top 3 team members) combined score of written scores

Materials Needed:
A clipboard and paper free from notes or other markings
Several sharpened no. 2 pencils (no pens)
Floral knife
Wire cutters

Event Format:
A team shall consist of four members with the top three scores counting towards 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-Individual Activity
Registered participants will be provided details regarding the activity.

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.