Working on green roofs, planting tulips on campus and helping elementary students understand horticulture are just a few ways Winston Beck is working to keep the world green.
His journey in horticulture began on a long road-trip to South Carolina with his grandfather. He was stuck in the backseat with a seed catalog and it was downhill from there.
“I began visiting garden centers, nurseries and I took community college courses during high school. I enjoy horticulture because of the variety of sciences involved in plant growth and because it involves nature and being outside."
Recently, Winston won first place in the overall competition of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society held in Crookston, Minn. The Iowa State University Horticulture Club participated in the event against six other universities, the Iowa State team placed second.
Winston also was one of 17 students to compete at the Professional Landcare student career days in Pomona, Calif. There he placed 12th out of 100 competitors in leadership skills.
Two years ago he traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands to teach students about horticulture as part of a service-learning project. He spent six weeks on St. John Island as a part of a service-learning project titled EARTH—Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture.