The 2018 Young Horticulturist of the Year Grand Final began at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (www.flowershow.org.uk) on 28 April. It gives many of the eight competitors and their families their first opportunity to see this flower show.
The winner, after a tense competition, was won by the South East Branch Regional winner, Tim Miles who is currently working at the National Trust Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
Tim said, after the competition, ‘The entire journey towards winning the YHoY 2018 competition has been fun. I have enjoyed meeting members of the CIH as well as my peers from across the UK and Ireland. With the Percy Thrower Travel Bursary, I plan to go to Japan. I have a particular interest in Japanese Woodland flora and I am keen to learn more about Japanese horticultural tools and practices.’
Stephen Kynaston, of Platinum Sponsor the Shropshire Horticulture Society said of the competition:
“The health of anything in society can be gauged by the enthusiasm and commitment of young people. The event shows how verdant the horticulture industry is.”
The CIH are happy to be launching the 2019 Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition. The eight regional organisers are eager to encourage any young horticulturists under the age of 30 on July 31st, 2019 to sign up. The first round of heats will be at various locations around the country or via a Skype call. From here, the top 8 competitors go through to battle against each other in a Regional Final. Both prizes and prize money are awarded at these two stages, provided generously by our regional and national sponsors.
The Grand Final for the 2019 Competition is being held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on 11 May. Martin Staniforth, the training manager at the School of Horticulture, Learning and Operations at Kew commented:
“Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has promoted the furtherance of horticultural knowledge. This is to facilitate the growing and research of plants and fungi and their conservation and display. Since 1859 Kew has been a leading employer training horticulturists with a dedicated School of Horticulture since 1990. Kew is very honoured to host the 2019 YHOY Grand Final in conjunction with the Shropshire Horticultural Society and the Chartered Institute of Horticulture.
“The Young Horticulturist of the Year is a fantastic competition allowing the future generation of horticulturists to demonstrate the extent of their study and prowess of knowledge enhancing the profession’s reputation. For many youngsters the taking part will increase their networks and experience. It also gives valuable exposure to their talent and the possibility of prizes and publicity along the journey.”