RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2019

Supported by Hartley Botanic

Win an amazing patio glasshouse from Hartley Botanic and £500 for your school!

Do you know a young person who's passionate about the power of plants and inspires others to grow?

We are searching for a young person, aged 5-16, who demonstrates a true passion for gardening, has made an outstanding contribution to their school and local community and shows invaluable gardening skills.

This year we are delighted to be supported by Hartley Botanic who have donated a patio glasshouse to the winner of this category.

How to enter:

All you need to do is download and complete the entry and consent forms found here or on the right hand side of this page.

For your young person to be in with a chance of winning, you just need to tell us what makes them such a great school gardener. You can use the links at the side of this page to see some of our finalists from previous years.

Please make sure that you have read the terms and conditions before completing your entry, which include information on the next stages of the competition.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.


All entries will receive a printed certificate.

Each of the selected finalists and their schools will be asked to create and submit a nomination video which will be watched by Frances Tophill and RHS judges.

Following the judging, each finalist will win £100 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers for their school. The finalists will also be awarded an engraved hand trowel trophy and a framed certificate.

The four winners (one from each age group) will each receive an engraved hand trowel, a set of gardening tools and £250 worth of National Garden Gift Vouchers for their school.

The overall winner, crowned RHS Young School Gardener of the Year 2019, will win a fantastic patio glasshouse from Hartley Botanic (pictured below), tickets for either Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020 or RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2020, and their school will receive £100 worth of seeds and an extra £250 in National Garden Gift vouchers – a total of £500. A celebrity gardener will also spend a day with the winner at their school.

All winners and finalists will also be invited, along with two extra guests, to RHS Garden Wisley for a prize-giving ceremony in June 2019.

Age categories: 

  • Aged 5 - 7 (KS1 or P1 & P2)
  • Aged 7 - 11 (KS2 or P3 - 6)
  • Aged 11 - 14 (KS3 or P7 & S1 - 2)
  • Aged 14 - 16 (KS4 or S3 - 4) 

About last year's winner: Ellie Micklewright

Ellie's passion for the great outdoors led her to start a weekly school gardening club from scratch, with very little equipment or resources. Under her own initiative she secured funding and has since gone on to organise and plan all gardening club activities and projects. She now has a committed team of 40 students who regularly attend gardening sessions.

You can watch her nomination video and read what some of our judges said about her here.

About Hartley Botanic:

Hartley Botanic is a greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer based in Greenfield, Lancashire. Their reputation has been built on 80 years of British craftmanship, creating greenhouse and glasshouse structures known for their enduring strength, quality and performance.

Hartley Botanic is the only aluminium greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer endorsed by the RHS. Read more about Hartley Botanic and their collections here.

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