SALT LAKE CITY — BYU’s landscaping program won the title of the National Collegiate Landscape Competition this month. This is the program’s fourth consecutive title.
The NCLC is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, and this year was the first competition after a two-year hiatus.
The contest, which ran from March 16-19, was held at North Carolina State University. This year marked the 46th competition in its history, according to the landscape association’s website.
BYU’s overall score of 4739.68 places it at the top of more than 40 other schools.
The score came from 30 individual competitions, the school said, noting that the competitions included landscape design and irrigation assembly.
The school said the title is the eighth national title for BYU since 2003.
BYU’s secret weapon
Most of the landscaping crew works for BYU Ground, according to the school, which maintains the school’s outdoor settings.
“We were like a lot of schools in that we didn’t have a lot of experience on our team since the competition hasn’t been held for two years,” said academic advisor Greg Jolley, professor of management of the scenery at BYU. “Our partnership with BYU Grounds has been essential in keeping our students ready.”
Jolley said employees spent months in advance helping students prepare.
“They are our secret weapon,” he said.
Five of the employees joined the students to participate in the contest in North Carolina.
The landscape team was led by two captains; Janetta Teichert and Ashley Beazer.
“Of course, we want to represent ourselves well and represent BYU well; to show everyone that we work hard, have integrity and love what we do,” Beazer said. “But we really love the chance to get out there and meet students from other schools, help them out any way we can, and build lasting relationships.”
The school said there were 37 BYU students competing in this year’s competition. These students won 18 of the 75 scholarships awarded, which the school said totaled nearly $25,000 in scholarships.
Jolley said the relationship with the association has been good for BYU’s landscape program. The association has a fund named after the late son of BYU landscape management professor Phil Allen, the Scott Allen Memorial Scholarship.