Growing a love of gardening and all things outdoors – the Yates Budding Young Gardener 2018 competition is open now!

A national search is on for young gardeners, aged 5-15 years, who love getting into the garden.

The lucky winner will win an amazing family trip to Australia, and become a Yates ambassador for one year.

Judge and gardening Guru, Ruud Kleinpaste, says getting our kids into the garden is the best thing we can do for them, and for the planet.

“The next generation of New Zealanders is becoming more and more disconnected from nature as digital devices demand more time and “eye-balls”, rather than getting outside and into nature. Yates Budding Young Gardener aims to celebrate a love of gardening and encourage children of all levels of capability to further develop their passion. Whether children are just starting out, or have been gardening for a few years and know how to sow seeds, rustle up a few radishes and turn lemons into lemonade – we want to hear from them all,” said Ruud.

Sarah O’Neil, author, gardening columnist and popular speaker will be joining Ruud on the judging panel.

After individual entries close, seven regional winners will be selected by the judges. They will each win a massive Yates Budding Young Gardener Hamper valued at over $300.
The grand winner will then be chosen by public vote, and will be off to Queensland with their family!

The Grand Winner’s Prize

The five day visit will include flights, accommodation and a rental car, plus tickets to the Queensland Gardening Expo (if travelling in July) and a three day pass to Gold Coast theme parks – Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild. The grand prize also includes a visit from a Yates horticulturist to spend a day in their garden learning some great skills and tips.

Entries close 17th September 2018.

Keen gardeners aged 5-15 years may enter by completing the easy online entry form, and uploading a short video about themselves and their garden.