Training tomorrow’s horticultural leaders

The Young Horticulturist of the Year 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.

2018 Event

Work is well underway for this years event.

Key dates:

  • 7 November – Grand Final practical day at Pukekohe Indian Business Centre
  • 8 November – Awards Dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland City
    Tickets available at eventbrite

2018 Finalists:

  • Gracce Stewart from Canterbury – representing Flonzi (Florist New Zealand Inc)
  • Morgan Hampton from Bluestone Gardeners and Nursery in Dunedin - representing New Zealand Recreation Association
  • Devin Westley from Southern Woods Nursery in Christchurch – representing New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated
  • Kae Combridge from Luijten Landscaping in Auckland – representing Landscape Industry Association
  • Danni van der Heijden from Avoco in Tauranga – representing Horticulture NZ
  • Annabel Bulk from Felton Road in Bannockburn – representing NZ Winegrowers

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

See competitors talking about participating in the competition here.

Shanna Hickling
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017
See Shanna on TVNZ 27 Nov 2017

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Competition Partners

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition offers a fantastic range of prizes and awards. Check these out.


If you wish to make a one off gift to the competition or set up a regular donation/ gift by automatic payment, the RNZIH Education Trust (Charities Registration # CC20817) bank account details are as follows:

  • Kiwibank Wellington
  • 38 9005 0683075 00

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Many thanks for your kind donation.
RNZIH Education Trust
PO Box 17-381, Greenlane
Auckland 1546.