The Regional Finals

Young Horticulturist of the Year competition

Heat winners go forward to one of eight Regional Finals held in March, where contestants will be asked a wide range of horticultural questions, some through a buzzer round, and others directed to individuals.

In addition, during the regional finals there are two identification rounds to further test the depth and breadth of knowledge, based on a range of plants as well as pests, diseases and weeds. 1st place is £150, 2nd is £100 and 3rd £75 as well as additional prizes provided by regional sponsors.

Regional Finalists 2018


1st Emily Marston
RHS Gardens Harlow Carr

Runners up


1st Rosie Innes-Taylor

Wrest Park Bedfordshire

Runners up


South West

1st Sally Newbrook

RHS Rosemoor Devon

Runners up



South East

1st Timothy Miles

Sissinghurst Castle

Runners up



1st Owen Harlow

NTS Threave Garden

Runners up

West Midland & South Wales

1st Josh Egan Wyer 

Manager, Pershore College’s Nursery

Runners up

2nd Becky Cross

3rd Wyl Durrant

4th Tom Goffe

5th Sebastian Conrad

6th Georgia Sellars

7th Lee Davies

8th Mathew McCallum

North West & North Wales

1st Frances Porter

Derby College’s Broomfield Hall

Runners up

2nd Frances Porter
Derby College
3rd Yvette Bell
Cholmondeley Castle


1st Leo Walsh

National Botanic Gardens

Runners up

2nd Leo Walsh
Waterford Institute of Technology/National Botanic Gardens
3rd Rachel Cashen
Waterford Institute of Technology/National Botanic Gardens
4th Thomas Hayes
Nangle and Neisen Nursery, Co. Cork
5th Lauren Douglas
Waterford Institute of Technology/National Botanic Gardens
6th Róisín Kelly
WIT/Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny
7th Emma McFarline
CAFRE Greenmount Campus County Antrim
8th Jordan Black
CAFRE Greenmount Campus County Antrim

Regional Final - Ireland

Pearse Museum, Haroldsgrange, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Regional Final - South East

Brinsbury Campus, Chichester College, North Heath, Pulborough RH20 1DL, UK

Regional Final - South West

Young Horticulturist of the Year South West Regional Final

Knightshayes House, Tiverton, Bolham, EX16 7RQ

Regional Final - North West & North Wales

Derby College, Roundhouse Rd, Derby DE24 8JE, UK

Regional Final - Eastern

Easton Campus, Easton & Ottley College, Bawburgh Rd, Easton, Norwich NR9 5DX, UK

Regional Final - Northern

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB, UK

Regional Final - West Midlands & South Wales

Young Horticulturist of the Year West Midlands and South Wales Regional Final

Warwickshire College, Pershore Centre, Avonbank, Pershore, Worcs, WR10 3J



Regional Final - Scotland

Young Horticulturist of the Year Scottish Regional Final

Threave Garden & Estate, Castle Douglas, DG7 1RX



Our 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year national sponsors

We are indebted to all of our sponsors; our national sponsors are The Shropshire Horticultural Society, who are the major sponsors of the competition, as well as ICL, Bord Bia and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) who all generously provide sponsorship throughout the duration of the competition. There are also many fantastically generous regional sponsors behind the scenes supporting our heats and regional finals.

2017 Winner - Lachlan Rae

This year’s Young Horticulturist of the Year competition came to an exciting end on May 6th at University Centre Shrewsbury where the final 8 competitors fought for the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world with a £2,500 bursary. The bursary is provided in honour of Percy Thrower, Britain’s first celebrity gardener, known for his work with the BBC on Gardeners world and Blue Peter. This year’s competition received over 2,500 entries from young horticulturists under the age of 30 from all over the UK and Ireland.