Date – 2 April 2019
Time – 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where – Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, , Guildford , GU3 3PE. View Map

Join the South East heat winners of the Young Horticulturist of the Year in the surroundings of Merrist Wood College. Watch and cheer them on as they compete for a place in the Grand Final and a chance to win the £2,500 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary.

Set in on a 400 acre site just outside of Guidlford, this year’s venue for the regional final, is one of the country’s leading land based colleges providing qualifications and training in horticulture, arboriculture, floristry, and wildlife conservation.   Find out more about Merrist Wood College (opens external link).

The contestants will be asked a wide range of horticultural questions, some through buzzer round, and others directed to individuals. There are also two identification rounds to further test the depth and breadth of knowledge. The regional final awards 1st place with £150, 2nd place receives £100 and 3rd place £75.  The winner progresses on to the Grand Final at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Saturday 11 May.

Find out more about the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition here

How much does it cost?

Its free. Audience numbers are limited so you must register for a place.

To book your place or for further information:

Please email

Organised by the South East branch of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.