Bright colors, unique containers and captivating photos filled the NRG Center exhibit hall March 13 for the 2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Horticulture Competition.
Each year, students ranging from 8 to 18 years old from across Texas create remarkable floral arrangements and photography for the Horticulture Competition. This year, the contest was divided into three divisions: Texas Tables, Container Grown Plants and Horticulture Photography.
In the Texas Tables division, exhibitors are asked to make floral arrangements for a table that embodies Texas. Whether it is a coffee, buffet or guest sign-in table, students get to choose the situation their arrangement might be used for.
Additionally, competitors submit a narrative that explains the inspiration for their entry along with photos and sketches of the assembly process.
In the Container Grown Plants division, students plant and grow at least three different plants in any container of their choosing that fits within the parameters set in the guidelines. From tackle boxes to tree trunks, exhibitors are free to express their creativity with any container that will hold soil and plants. Students also submit a similar log showcasing their inspiration and assembly of the container.
For the Horticulture Photography division, students submit any photo that correlates with the contest theme. This year’s theme was parks. National parks, state parks or city parks, the photos entered in this contest emphasize flowers and other flora while elevating the designated theme.
Big or small, extravagant or understated, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Horticulture Competition gives students the opportunity to display their talents, vocational skills and creativity.