Date – 9 May 2024
Time – 12:00 am


The Young Horticulturist of the Year competition Grand Final will be held at Hestercombe Hall and Gardens, Taunton, Somerset for 2024. Hestercombe has a rich and diverse history, with the first written record of the estate in 682.  It is famous for its unique collection of gardens which span three centuries of garden history and design, first mentioned in a medieval charter in 1249. The formal Garden is hailed as one of the finest examples of the world-renowned partnership of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens, skilfully restored to its former glory after the original Jekyll planting plans were discovered undisturbed in the potting shed after nearly 70 years. when

This invitation-only event promises to bring all the usual thrills for our eight finalists as in previous years. The winner of the competition gains the prestige title of ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year’ and will receive a £2,500 travel bursary from The Percy Thrower Trust, generously provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society.  The winner can undertake a trip, anywhere in the world, to study, complete work experience or embark on visits related to their chosen field of horticulture.