The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition

Information on, and how to take part in, the leading competition for any horticulturist under 30.

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Due to the outbreak of coronavirus  we have regrettably had to postpone the YHoY Grand Final that was due to be held at RBGE, Logan Botanic Garden on 2nd May 2020. The event will be re-scheduled in the Autumn, when it is safe to do so.

The Young Horticulturist of the Year competition is a fantastic opportunity to your test knowledge and get the opportunity to meet with fellow horticulturists from all over the UK and Ireland.

The competition is free to enter.

It is open to anyone below the age of 30 on 31 July in the year of entering the competition.

With a prize fund of £8000 there are opportunities to win prizes across the heats, regional finals, and the grand final. The ultimate winner of the competition wins a £2500 travel bursary to fund horticultural related travel anywhere in the world.

2020 Sponsors

We are indebted to all our sponsors; our major sponsors are the Percy Thrower Bursary and Shropshire Horticultural Society. Bord Bia who sponsor all Ireland’s heats and regional finals.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who are hosting the Grand Final this year.

We have many generous regional sponsors supporting our heats and regional finals.  They include Bulldog Tools, who provide a set of tools for each regional winner, Caulders Garden Centres, Cherry Lane Garden Centres, Harrogate Flower Shows, PlantNetwork and Stockbridge Technology Centre.

For 2020 we also have Adrian Stockdale, current Editor of the ‘Plant Names Simplified’ reference book, first published in 1931 and a favourite of many generations of horticultural students and practitioners ever since. He will be providing a copy of the book for each of the eight Regional Final winners.

We would like to extend our thanks to the following venues who generously hosted the Regional finals. National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Pollok House, Thorp Perrow Gardens and Arboretum, Mysercough College, Pershore College, Writtle University College, Meristwood College and the University of Exeter

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