Budding Gardeners 2017

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 2017?

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 27 May - Sunday 04 June).


This year, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books, the theme is The Famous Five go on an Adventure!

We hope you will be inspired to design and plant a magnificent mini show garden around the theme of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books.

These wonderful stories feature Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog solving mysteries, foiling the baddies, and protecting Uncle Quentin's secret formula. Fuelled only by pockets of barley sugar and lashings of ginger beer, what a smashing time they had!

Will you choose to set sail on a pirate ship and explore hidden caves, climb through an overgrown jungle and discover a host of mysterious animals and plants, or perhaps head off on your horses to fight dragons or monsters...

Whatever your idea, in traditional Famous Five style, pull on your wellies and grow your own summer adventure!

How to enter:

If you think your school has got what it takes to design an outstanding 1m x 1m mini garden, simply complete 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 sheet.

Before entering, please ensure you have read the full competition details in the FAQ form.

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

All entrants must be available to plant up their garden on either Thursday 25 or Friday 26 May (please check the FAQ form for more details).

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 March 2017.
Once you're ready to enter, download the form here:

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Judging and prizes:

Show gardens will be judged on Friday 26 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.

FAQ Sheet

Read the full FAQ sheet for all competition details. 

Previous entries and winners

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.