ACC Horticulture Students Continue Streak at State Fair

Halloween-themed garden created for state fair competition

Halloween-themed garden created for state fair competition

Alamance Community College’s Horticulture students have done it again. For the ninth consecutive year, the program has won a blue ribbon in garden design competition at the NC State Fair.

The Halloween-themed garden was designed with a literal “dark side” and “light side” as described by the team: “In this Halloween garden, there is a dark side filled with evil spirits and scary creatures, and a light side filled with light-hearted spirits and kind creatures. An escape from the dark side of the garden is provided through an angled bridge guarded by friendly trolls which leads to the light side of the garden.” At the end of the garden is a mirror for visitors to see themselves.

Once again, the program worked in conjunction with Advertising and Graphic Design students and faculty who created a poster that features a map of the garden, plant list and garden description.

“Students and faculty in the horticulture department worked hard to create and execute the vision for the garden, which is a great representation of Alamance Community College and what we have to offer,” said Lindsey Heise, instructor.

This is the first year the Horticulture program is under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Riley, following in the footsteps of Justin Snyder, Dean of Industrial Technologies, who ran the horticulture program for 14 years.

“This is great news and first place is exactly what we expect,” said ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood. “We are very proud of the continued success of the Horticulture Department.”