Clemson Horticulture Students Take on Roles in SCNLA Conference and Trade Show
CLEMSON—Clemson University Horticulture students took an active part in this year’s South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (SCNLA) Trade Show in Myrtle Beach. The annual trade show and conference provides individuals in the horticulture industry with educational seminars and access to industry booths.
Miranda Altman, a sophomore from Lexington, SC, and Jordan Baylor, a junior from Belton, SC, were selected for the SCNLA Trade Show Intern program. The three-day internship provided the students with an inside perspective on the inner workings of a trade show, and helped to increase the interaction between the nursery and landscape industry.
“The students were selected because of their strong scholastic standing and interest,” said Ellen Vincent, a Clemson University Horticulture professor and Environmental Landscape Specialist. “They both have firm commitments to horticulture and to the industry.”
The students were in charge of making sure the education program, tournaments, and trade show ran smoothly. They had a rotation of duties ranging from helping set up trade booths to evaluating presenters at the conference.
“The internship taught me a lot about arboriculture, something that I knew little about,” said Altman. “I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the internship. It was a great networking opportunity with some amazing people, and I’d love to go back.”
Baylor serves on campus as a student ambassador for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, is on the student advisory Board for horticulture, as well as completing research in Clemson’s greenhouses. Altman is a member of Sigma Alpha, a professional agriculture sorority.
“I learned a lot about the industry through talking with people, asking what they do and how they do it,” said Baylor. “It was a great experience, and I am very thankful to Clemson University and South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Organization for sending me to the conference.”
“If we as an association and industry are to succeed in the future, we must reach out and invite students as young professionals,” said Donna Foster, Executive Director of SCNLA.
Kathy Hollifield, a senior Horticulture major from Mauldin, presented at the conference on the Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden, a creative inquiry research project that seeks to instill sustainable environmental stewardship research. Her presentation included the research and development of the garden in Clemson’s agriculture quad, describing the plants, practices, and data results associated with the garden.
“I thought it would be beneficial for others to learn about what we’re doing in the Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden. It is showing that the average gardener can grow native plants in their garden and that it will look beautiful as well,” Hollifield said.