Budding Gardeners 2018

RHS Garden Wisley 

About the competition:

Does your school have what it takes to create an award-winning show garden for the RHS Budding Gardeners Competition 2018?

We are seeking budding garden designers to show off their love of gardening and imagination by creating and planting up a mini show garden to be displayed at RHS Garden Wisley during Summer Half Term (Saturday 26th May - Sunday 3rd June).


This year's competition is based around the theme of 'A Wildlife Garden'.

It is important to encourage wildlife to visit our gardens and to nurture them whilst they stop by. We would love you to plant a mini show garden designed to support and enhance the habitats of some of the creatures that help enrich our gardens.

You might be inspired to design a mini butterfly meadow or a toad’s abode, or even a dead-wood town where woodlice can live happily ever after! The world of garden wildlife is yours to imagine and explore. 

How to enter:

If you think your school has got what it takes to design an outstanding 1m x 1m pallet garden, simply fill an application form and send it to the email address specified on the form.

Entries are welcome from all schools that are willing and able to get to RHS Garden Wisley for the set-up days and take-down days specified in the FAQ forms.

The deadline for all entries has been extended to Monday 26th March 2018.

Before entering, please ensure you have read the full competition details in the competition factsheet. Make sure to take a look at last year's entries for inspiration!

Click the links on the right of this page to download the application form and view the factsheet.

Sucessful applicants will be invited to plant up their garden design at RHS Garden Wisley.

All entrants must be available to plant their garden on either Thursday 24th or Friday 25th May 2018 (please check the factsheet for more details).

Judging and prizes:

Show gardens will be judged on Friday 25th May for a number of awards including:

  • Best in Show Acorn Award (Early Years - Key Stage 2)
  • Best in Show Oak Award (Key Stage 3 - 5)
  • Most Original Award
  • Green Award
  • Curator's Award
  • Sponsor's Award
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold awards (awarded to all entrants)
  • People's Choice Award (this is judged throughout half term and announced once the competition has finished)

Prizes include trophies, seeds, books and tools.

Ready to enter? Click here to download the application form.

Competition Factsheet

Looking for inspiration? Why not have a look at some previous entries and winners:

RHS Garden Wisley 2017
RHS Garden Wisley 2016

RHS Garden Harlow Carr 2015
RHS Garden Hyde Hall 2015
RHS Garden Rosemoor 2015
RHS Garden Wisley 2015

Inspired by this competition?

Use our resource Design a Miniature Garden to get your pupils planning and designing gardens on a small scale to the theme of your choice.

This is also a great wet weather activity to do indoors or perfect if you don't have much outdoor space.

Scheme of Work

The Budding Gardeners competition can fit into the curriculum in a number of ways. Townley Grammar School have kindly offered us their scheme of work for Key Stage 3 D&T. This scheme can be adapted for other age groups or even for Gardening Clubs. Download the scheme of work here.

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