top of page



The Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) requires students to identify plants, judge plants and/or flower arrangements, and solve problems. Participants also demonstrate skills in flower arranging..

This four-person team event is designed to create an interest in career preparation for all current and future aspects of the floriculture industry through leadership development and hands on technical skill development using industry standards that are delivered through the agricultural education curriculum. Individual members are called up to contribute to the team’s effort by completing events such as a general floriculture examination, an identification of plant materials, a problem-solving exercise, and a floral arrangement.

This event builds skills that are important to careers in greenhouse and field production management, garden center, and floral shop management and floral design management. Students who excel show a well-rounded knowledge of horticulture, the cultivation of flowering and ornamental plants and the floral industry.

Expectations at Convention for Floriculture
  • Official Dress is required

What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
  • Two pencils

  • Practicum supplies are optional: shears and knives.  There will be plenty at the site, but if students want to have their own they can bring them.

What can students NOT BRING for themselves? 
  • A calculator and clipboard

  • Any paper materials


What will get a student/team disqualified? 
  • Using cell phones and/or smart watches during the event

  • Sharing answers with other participants

  • Talking to other participants during the event


What will be provided by the event?
  • Calculator and Clipboard

  • Scantron sheet

  • Identification specimen

  • Identification lists

  • Practicum information and problem sheets

  • Written test

For your specific questions contact:


Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund

Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator


bottom of page