Calling all young green thumbs

This gardening competition aims to celebrate a love of gardening and encourage children of all levels of capability to further develop their passion. Photo supplied

Growing a love of gardening and all things outdoors is behind the inaugural Yates Budding Young Gardener 2018 competition which opens today.

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

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

Judge and gardening guru, Ruud Kleinpaste, said 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 Mr Kleinpaste.

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

Seven regional winners will be selected by the judges and they will win a massive Yates Budding Young Gardener Hamper valued at over $300.  They will also go through to the final with the grand winner being chosen through a public voting system and will be off to Queensland with their family.

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 spending a day in your garden with a Yates horticulturist picking up some great skills and tips.

Keen gardeners aged 5-15 years can enter by going directly here and completing the entry form and uploading a short video about themselves and their garden.

Further details and terms and conditions can be found here.  Entries close 17th September 2018.

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