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Nursery / Landscape

The Nursery/Landscape CDE is a fun contest testing your nursery and landscaping knowledge and skills. In this contest you will learn how to identify 116 different plants, and equipment and disease identification. You will learn general knowledge about the Nursery and Landscaping industry. You will work with your team in a skills challenge where each of you will do landscape industry challenges, from irrigation pipe fitting to identifying the parts of a chainsaw to explaining the operation of a lawn trimmer. People skills are something very important you will gain. In the customer assistance portion you will get to interact with your judges. If you enjoy being outdoors and working with your hands, this is the contest for you. 

Nursery and Landscape CDE Parts

  • Plant Identification
  • Equipment Identification
  • Disease and Disorder Identification
  • Team Skills Challenge
  • Team Presentation
  • Written Customer Assistance
  • Verbal Customer Assistance
  • Plant Potting and Propagation
  • Landscape Drawing and Estimation

The Nursery and Landscape CDE has 3 levels: regional, state, and national. Any FFA chapter can compete at the regional level. Top 4 regional winners qualify for the state contest. State winning team qualifies for the national contest. The regional and state contests are held in April.


Recent David Crockett FFA Nursery and Landscape CDE participation:

2016 - 1st place, Regional. 1ST PLACE - STATE CHAMPS!!
  - Team members: Chloe Ford (1st High Individual), Kylee Phalen (2nd High Individual),                                        Josh Bruni (3rd High Individual), Brett Barnett (4th High Individual).
2015 - 1st place, Regional. 2nd place, State. Read about it below!
    - Team members: Chloe Ford (1st high individual, Regional CDE), Chasity Fowler, Breanna Jones, Kylee              Phalen.
2014 - 1st place, Regional. Read about it below! 1st place, STATE CHAMPS! 12th place, Gold Emblem Award,              National. Read about it here!
          - Team members: Abby Anderson, Kenzie Bastian, Molly Sayre, and Jenna Fabozzi.
2013 - 1st place, Regional. 3rd place, State. Read about it below!
          - Team members: Abby Anderson, Shianne Milbourn, Molly Sayre, Cole Tipton.
2012 - 1st place, Regional. 1st place, STATE CHAMPS! 11th place, National. Read about it by clicking here! 
          - Team members: Bryce Bateman, Kareena Jones, Jonathan Lykins, Rebekah Wright.


DAVID CROCKETT FFA WINS 2016 STATE NURSERY/LANDSCAPE CDE!

David Crockett FFA placed 1st in the Regional CDE, then dominated the State CDE! 
The Nursery/Landscape CDE is composed of 6 events: general knowledge exam, plant identification of 116 plant species, landscape estimating, propagation, customer assistance, and team activity. The Team members, who spent hours preparing for the contest, also swept the High Individual scores:
Chloe Ford - 1st High Individual, State. 1st High Individual,Regional.
Brett Barnett -4th High Individual, State. 4th High Individual, Regional.
Kylee Phalen - 7th High Individual, State. 2nd High Individual, Regional.
Josh Bruni - 10th High Individual, State. 3rd High Individual, Regional.

The team is preparing for their upcoming National CDE during National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.



  David Crockett FFA is the 2014 State FFA Nursery and Landscape CDE Champions!



After winning the Regional FFA Nursery and Landscape CDE, the team qualified to compete in the state contest at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. They will now represent Tennessee in the national contest.

 Team members are:

- Abby Anderson, Junior - 3rd high individual

- Jenna Fabozzi, Junior - 2nd high individual

- Molly Sayre, Sophomore - 7th high individual

- Cole Tipton, Sophomore - 1st high individual

Out of 1800 possible points, David Crockett FFA totaled 1307 points (73%), 163 points better than 2nd place Gallatin.

The contest is composed of 5 individual events and 1 team event: a general knowledge exam, identification of 116 plant species, landscape estimating, a written assistance exercise, and a nursery production exercise. The team activity involved a landscape drawing and presentation of the drawing to a panel. The written exercise included a hand-written business letter. The overall contest is quite extensive, pulling skills from mathematics in landscape estimation, English in written assistance, and biology in the general knowledge exam.

It's a tremendous accomplishment to win a state FFA contest. The team spent several hours preparing and training for the contest with practices, study, and hard work; they definitely earned the title of state champs. With over 13,000 FFA members in TN, there are plenty of people who go 'all out' to win.

This is the 4th year in a row that David Crockett FFA has had a State FFA Championship CDE Team, and the 2nd State Nursery and Landscape CDE win in 3 years. It's rare to win a State FFA contest; Abby, Molly, and Cole just accomplished something even more rare, which so few have ever done -- they won 2 state FFA contests.

Now comes the reward -- the opportunity to compete against the other 49 states in the National FFA Nursery and Landscape CDE during the National FFA Convention in Louisville in October. They will spend 2 days with state-winning nursery teams from Alaska to Florida. Before then, they will spend countless hours preparing.



 David Crockett FFA places 1st in the 2014 Regional Nursery and Landscape CDE!

Another Winner!Team members are Cole Tipton (1st High Individual), Abby Anderson (2nd High Individual), Molly Sayre (4th High Individual), and Jenna Fabozzi (6th High Individual). The contest was held in Knoxville on Saturday, April 5. The team prepared and trained for the contest with several practices, independent study, and hard work. The contest consisted of a general knowledge exam, identification of 116 plant species, identification of equipment and disorders, a landscape estimation, and a team activity.
The State CDE will be held at TN Tech University in Cookeville on Saturday, April 26.


David Crockett FFA places 1st in the 2013 Regional Nursery and Landscape CDE,
3rd in the State Nursery and Landscape CDE!

Another Winner! David Crockett FFA places 1st in the Regional Nursery and Landscape CDE! Team members are Cole Tipton (1st High Individual), Abby Anderson (2nd High Individual), Dustin Foister (3rd High Individual), and Paty Morales. The contest was held at UT-Knoxville on Saturday, April 6. The team prepared and trained for the contest with several practices, independent study, and hard work.

The David Crockett FFA Chapter places 3rd in the State Nursery and Landscape CDE! Team members are Cole Tipton (2nd High Individual), Abby Anderson (9th High Individual), Shianne Milbourn, and Molly Sayre. Placing 3rd in a State FFA contest is a proud and difficult achievement. The team dedicated themselves wholly to the nursery and landscape industry, training and gaining industry knowledge. The contest consisted of a general knowledge exam, identification of 116 plant species, identification of equipment and disorders, a propagation practicum, a landscape estimation, written assistance, and a team activity.
The contest was held at TN Tech University in Cookeville on Saturday, April 20.


Nursery and Landscape CDE Past Practice Goals
Thu, Feb 7, 2:45 - 4pm:

A. Know the following scientific names:

101.     Abelia - Glossy Abelia
102.     Abies - White Fir
103-106. Acer - Maple
107.     Ajuga - Carpet Bugle
108.     Antirrhinum - Snapdragon
109.     Aquilegia - Columbine
110.     Amelanchier - Downy Serviceberry
111.     Astilbe - Astilbe
112.     Begonia - Begonia
113.     Berberis - Mentor Barberry
114.     Betula - River Birch
115.     Brassaia - Schefflera or Octopus Tree
116.     Buxus - Liffleleaf Boxwood
117.    Camellia - Camellia
118.    Cedrus - Blue Atlas Cedar
119.    Cercis - Redbud
120.    Chaenomeles - Japanese (Flowering) Quince
121.    Chrysanthemum - Shasta Daisy
122.    Cornus - Dogwood
123-124. Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster
125.    Crataegus - Washington Hawthorn
126.    Cynodon - Bermudagrass
127.    Dieffenbachia - Spotted Dumb Cane
128.    Dracaena - Striped Dracaena
129.    Dracaena - Corn Plant
130.    Echinacea - Purple Coneflower
131.    Epipremnum - Pothos
132.    Euonymus - Winged Euonymus
133.    Euonymus - Wintercreeper
134.    Fagus - European Beech
135.    Festuca - Fescue
136.    Ficus - Benjamin Fig
137.    Ficus - Decora Rubber Plant
138.    Forsythia - Forsythia

B. Know 2011, 2010 General Knowledge Exam

C. Read Chapter 1 and 2 of Landscaping Book




Thu, Jan 31, 2:45 - 4 pm

A. Know the following scientific names:

101.     Abelia - Glossy Abelia
102.     Abies - White Fir
103-106. Acer - Maple
107.     Ajuga - Carpet Bugle
108.     Antirrhinum - Snapdragon
109.     Aquilegia - Columbine
110.     Amelanchier - Downy Serviceberry
111.     Astilbe - Astilbe
112.     Begonia - Begonia
113.     Berberis - Mentor Barberry
114.     Betula - River Birch
115.     Brassaia - Schefflera or Octopus Tree
116.     Buxus - Liffleleaf Boxwood
117.     Camellia - Camellia
118.     Cedrus - Blue Atlas Cedar
119.     Cercis - Redbud

B. Know 2011 General Knowledge Exam

C. Read Chapter 1 of Landscaping Book

 

 
 

 

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