Regional winners line up for national horticulture contest

Kristina Vandenburg, an RHS Wisley second-year trainee diploma student, has been named South East young horticulturist of the year.

Lachlan Rae from Scotland's Rural College won the Scottish final. Guy Jones won the Wales/Midlands final. The national final will be at the John Innes Centre in Norwich on 10 May.

Vandenburg, 26, has a botany degree from University of Guelph in Canada. She said she wants to work at Wisley or a botanic garden. "I've always been interested in plants," she said.

The South East runner-up was Tottenham Hotspur FC head gardener Gavin Hardy. Third place went to Kew diploma student Alex Hankey. Also taking part were Chris Pattison (Merrist Wood/The Outdoor Room), Lizzy Mills (National Trust Woolbeding Gardens), George Douglas (Capel Manor/Kew) and Billy Stott (Hadlow College).


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