Thousands of middle-schoolers across the country had the opportunity to flex their problem-solving muscles by participating in our Spring 2020 Plants to the Rescue! Plant Mash-up Contest with Scholastic. Students identified challenges in their communities, then imagined their own plant hybrid solution. They described and drew their own plant-based solution. A Grand Prize winner and Runner-up were selected by the judges. To encourage broad student participation — and a chance for every student to be a winner — the contest included a sweepstakes component, with the winner randomly selected from all entries.
There were so many excellent ideas submitted, we are highlighting some of the best. These students will be the next green-collar professionals. They will be the horticulturists who will feed the world with food that is safe and nutritious; preserve native habitats; imagine landscapes and bring them to life; tend to landscapes that welcome us home and invite us outdoors to play; soothe and delight with flowers and foliage; inspire wonder and experiment; and ensure the future of our planet!