4-H Horticulture Information and Contests

Brandon Christopher will be in charge of the Buncombe County Horticulture Judging. Anyone who is interested in being on the Buncombe County team or participating at state with Buncombe County needs to contact him at sandymush4hclub@gmail.com before practices start. The first practice will be at the 4-H Office on March 2nd from 3:30-4:30. Subsequent practices will be held on Tuesdays of each week.

Please mark your calendars for the 2010 North Carolina 4-H Horticulture Contest on Monday, July 19th at 1:00pm in Kilgore Hall at NC State. All youth ages 9-19 are invited to participate in this free contest that tests fundamental horticulture knowledge, plant identification ability and judging know-how. Register your individuals and teams (even newbies that might like to practice) by Thursday, July 8th at 5pm (really no rush here). Click here to access the registration form. This year there are a few new categories including an honors and open division. Honors: for those that have won their category and would like a little challenge. Open: another way to keep youth (15-19) that have won at the national level involved. So many rules, so much to learn! To get started click this link.

The National Junior Horticultural Association National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio in October 2010. Great workshops, field trips, contests, keynotes and of course horticulture connections (like jeopardy) will be featured. This year we hope to visit the Cleveland Botanic Garden, Green Corps, Community Gardens, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more! Are you age 15-19 and want to attend? You can receive scholarship monies towards your trip by winning these state level competitions: State Horticulture Contest, Senior Team,; State Presentation Contest (age 15+ by December 31, 2010) MUST BE A DEMONSTRATION: Horticulture Production and Marketing, Landscaping, Artistic Arrangement, Fruits and Vegetable Use, Peanut Foods. Any youth 15 and older that would like to come is welcome. YOUNG AMERICA PROJECTS: NJHA has a lot of fun contests for younger and older kids alike. To check it out click this link.

More information on the National Junior Horticultural Association National Convention can be found here.  Additional horticulture information can be found through the links below:

  • The horticulture contest is a great way to get started. Click here to get started.
  • Click on the links below to help identify horticulture specimens:
  1. Indoor Plants
  2. Vegetables
  3. Fruits and Nuts
  4. Landscape Ornamentals