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The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association hosted the 1st Annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics (OHLO) on November 3 & 4, 2016 at OSU/ATI Wooster, OH.

More than 150 students from 17 schools participated. Students were awarded individually, and scores were compiled to name the top five teams in state.


Top Five Teams

5. Upper Valley
4. Talawanda-Butler Tech
3. Medina County Career Center
2. Ohio Hi-Point
1. Knox County Career Center

View additional results of the competition here. Images are posted here.


Check back soon for details about OHLO 2017!


Thank you to these 2016 OHLO Sponsors

Silver Sponsors:
Columbus State Landscape Alumni Association
GreenScapes Landscape Co.

Bronze Sponsors:
Brightview Landscaping
EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc.
Hemlock Landscapes, Inc.
Rice's Nursery & Landscaping, Inc.
Ryan's Landscaping
Wolf Creek Company 

Competition Event Sponsors:
Benchmark Landscape Construction, Inc. - Truck & Trailer Operation
Bobcat Company - Skid Steer Operation
Columbus Builder Supply - Hardscape Installation
Columbus State Community College
- Construction Cost Estimating
EMI - Environmental Management Services, Inc. - Landscape Maintenance Operations
Hidden Creek Landscaping
- Sales Presentation
Ohio CAT - Compact Excavator Operation
Peabody Landscape Group & Willoway Nurseries, Inc. -  Landscape Plant Installation
The Ohio State University ATI - Woody Ornamental Plant Identification
Wolf Creek Company - Irrigation Assembly & Trouble Shooting

Additional Sponsors:
Five Seasons Landscape Management
Grunder Landscaping Co.
Hidden Creek Landscaping
M.J. Design Associates, Inc.
Mike & Paula Lynch
Ohio Turfgrass Foundation


About OHLO

This competition has been created to:

  1. Provide a fun, yet educational competition where aspiring students are able to test their hands-on skills.
  2. Enable industry representatives to experience the next generation of green professionals, allowing students to see the value in green professions. 

OHLO is open to all Ohio High Schools with a Horticultural component. Single teams from all participating schools may compete in all events, or just a few.  Each student is limited to competing in four events, however schools are encouraged to field a single team that will have participants in all ten events.  Time slots for specific events will be tight, creating a full day of competition, thus each contestant must be registered in advance.  Students must be currently enrolled in high school and allowed to participate by the rules of each school.

Competitive events test the student’s abilities to interact in a hands on environment. Events are planned, implemented and scored by industry sponsor’s using guidelines generated by the ONLA. 

2016 Events Included:

            Compact Excavator Operation                      Hardscape Installation

            Construction Cost Estimating                       Irrigation Assembly & Troubleshooting

            Sales Presentation                                      Landscape Maintenance Operations

            Skid Steer Operation                                   Landscape Plant Installation

            Plant ID                                                      Truck & Trailer Operation

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