The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition

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

Young horticultarlist in a greenhouse

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 30th September 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.

Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final 2021

View the recording of the 2021 Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final here:

Find out more about the competition

About the Competition

The first recorded national final was held in 1990 at Writtle College in Essex. The competition could not exist without the Shropshire Horticultural Society (SHS) who organise the fantastic Shrewsbury Flower show every year. The SHS fund a large proportion of the competition and in particular the £2,500 travel bursary awarded to the winner each year.

The funds come from a trust set up in honour of Percy Thrower. Percy was known to many as the first ever celebrity gardener and is recognised for his time on BBC Gardeners World from 1969 to 1976.

Round 1

Round 1 takes place in May this year and consists of 40 multiple choice questions, covering a wide range of horticultural topics. Round 1 is held on-line with registration open from May 10th, closing at 6pm on 23rd May. Competitors will be able to take part in Round 1 between 17th – 23rd May.

Each Region is divided into 8 sub-regions, the winner of each receiving £25 prize money. The sub-regional winners will claim a place in the regional final.

Regional finals

Due to the pandemic, regional finals will be on-line and take place in June.

Each regional final awards 1st place with £150, 2nd place receives £100 and 3rd place £75. The winners of each regional final progress on to the grand final.

The Final

The 2021 final will be held at the RBGE Logan Botanic Garden, on Saturday 4th September 2021.

The format of the Grand Final will consist of questions covering all sections of horticulture. The winner of the Final receives the £2,500 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, provided by the Shropshire Horticultural Society & the Percy Thrower Trust, to fund a horticultural trip anywhere in the world. Second place winner goes home with £950, 3rd with £550 and the rest of the runners up all receive £200, all to be used in any way they wish.

Each of the finalists is also awarded membership to the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and PlantNetwork.

Previous winners have visited Borneo, China, New Zealand, South Africa, the Himalayas, and the Galapagos Islands to name just a few!

2021 Sponsors

We are very privileged to have the continued support of the Shropshire Horticultural Society / Percy Thrower Trust as our main sponsors, and Bord Bia that supports the competition in Ireland. For 2021 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. Adrian will be providing a copy of the book for each of the eight Regional Final winners.

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

There are also a large number of other Regional sponsors that help to make the competition worthwhile for all concerned.

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