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Petal to the Metal

Updated: Mar 13, 2023

Hey there, flower power pals! Get ready to bloom with excitement because Denise Walden, the boss lady of Walden Floral Design, rocked the role of Chief Judge on Thursday, 03/02/23 at the Career Development and Education (CDE) competition sponsored by the College of DuPage Horticulture Department.


The CDE Program was a petal-packed platform for Illinois high school students to show off their flower arranging flair and get feedback from three seasoned judges in the floral industry. The goal? To help these budding artists blossom in their current floral skills and inspire them to consider careers in the industry.


With 88 registered students from 10 Illinois high schools competing for individual and school recognition, the competition was as fierce as a garden full of thorns. But these students proved to be as vibrant and colorful as the blooms they arranged, and it was a delight to see their talents flourish.

A group of high school students gathered in a horticulture competition at College of DuPage on March 2, 2023, with various flowers and floral designs in progress.
College of DuPage Career Development & Education Competition 2023

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