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2022 HortPack team photo at National Collegiate Landscape Competition hosted at NC State.

HortPack Competition Team

The HortPack is a top ten national collegiate competition team in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that annually participates in the National Collegiate Landscaping Competition (NCLC). The multi-day student competition, career development, and networking events host over 500 attendees and 40+ two and four-year college and university teams from across the country facing off in 31 horticulture, landscape, and turf competitions.

Meet the HortPack

Sharing your interests in plants and being a part of the horticulture community is a unique experience. The team is comprised of students from the Agricultural Institute, the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and the Department of Horticultural Science programs.

Professional Skills Training & Testing

The HortPack is a motivated, student-led team! Because there are so many diverse specialized fields, students are often paired and trained with industry mentors with close professional ties and are often NC State alumni. Some specialty fields include:

  • Arboriculture techniques and tree climbing
  • Business management and sales presentation
  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Irrigation design and troubleshooting
  • Landscape and hardscape design
  • Plant and plant disease identification

Participating in the NCLC is more than just the ‘olympics’ of landscaping, the events merge top students, landscape companies, and manufacturers into the nation’s largest landscape industry career development experience.

HortPack Faculty Advisors

The team leaders are three faculty advisors from separate departments and programs (pictured below from left to right):

  • Lis Meyer, Senior Lecturer with the Department of Horticultural Science
  • Emily Erickson, Lecturer with the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Lee Ivy, Director of NC State Agricultural Institute
Lis Meyer, Emily Erickson, and Lee Ivy