Training tomorrow’s horticultural leaders

The Young Horticulturist Competition encourages young people in horticulture to further develop their skills and knowledge and to increase the opportunities for long term careers in the industry.

2019 Key Dates

  • 14 & 15 May – Leaders Forum – Auckland Botanical Gardens
  • 5 September – AGMARDT Innovation Day, Auckland Botanical Gardens
  • 13 November – Practical Activities Day in Pukekohe
  • 14 November – Grand Final Day, Pullman Hotel

2018 Winners

Annabel Bulk from Felton Road Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago is New Zealand’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018 Winner.

Awards List

  • Young Horticulturist of the Year:
    Annabel Bulk from Felton Road Wines in Bannockburn, Central Otago
  • Second:
    Devin Westley, Southern Woods Nursery in Christchurch
  • Third:
    Danni van der Heijden, AVOCO in Tauranga

AGMARDT Market Innovation Project
Danni van der Heijden

Bayer Best Practice Award
Devin Westley

T&G Practical Activities Award
Devin Westley

Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award
Annabel Bulk

Horticentre Trust Community Engagement Award
Annabel Bulk

Primary ITO Career Development Award
Kae Combridge

Countdown Participation Award
Awarded to all finalists in recognition of their effort and commitment to the competition

Best Speech Award
Devin Westley

... more here

Meet this year's finalists on YouTube

Back row: Danni, Kae, Morgan, Front row: Annabel, Gracce, Devin


Horticultural Sector Contacts

Candidates enter the competition via one of the horticultural sectors listed below. Talk to your sector representative if you'd like to get invloved next year.


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Past competitions

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Annabel Bulk
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2018

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