Finalists head to Glasgow for Young Horticulturist of the Year decider

The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) has announced the finalists of the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition 2012.

Selected from regional finals across the UK and Ireland in March, the eight finalists will take part in the grand final at Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) on 5 May. Up for grabs are more than £10,000 of prizes including the £2,000 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary.

The finalists are Myddleton House Gardens Historic & Botanic Garden Bursary Scheme trainee James English (Eastern branch), Douglas Mackay of Pershore College (Midlands and South Wales), Rhiannon Harris of Reaseheath College (North West and North Wales), Alnwick Gardens plant centre manager Peter Edge (Northern), Matthew Hussey of Sparsholt College (South West), Tottenham Hotspur FC deputy head gardener Gavin Hardy (South Eastern), open entrant Mark Flahive (Irish) and Katie Croft of RBGE (Scottish).

The competition sponsors are the Shropshire Horticultural Society, MorePeople and the Horticultural Development Company.


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