Training tomorrow’s horticultural leaders

The aim of the competition is to encourage young people in horticulture to further develop their skills and knowledge and to increase the opportunities for long term careers in the industry.

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2017 Awards

Shanna Hickling is New Zealand’s Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017, Shanna tonight became only the third woman in 13 years to win horticulture’s top Award 2017. She is from Riversun Nursery, Gisborne, and was the winner of the NZPPI Young Achiever of the Year winner, representing the New Zealand's nursery and garden industry.

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Awards List

  • Young Horticulturist of the Year:
    Shanna Hickling, Riversun Nursery, Gisborne
  • Second:
    Tim Adams, Obsidian Vineyards, Waiheke
  • Third:
    Pippa Lucas, Auckland Botanic Gardens

AGMARDT Market Innovation Project
Pippa Lucas

Bayer Best Practice Award
Tim Adams

Primary ITO Career Development Award
Pippa Lucas

T&G Practical Activities Award
Pippa Lucas

Fruitfed Supplies Leadership Award
Shanna Hickling

Countdown Best Speech Award
Tim Adams

Horticentre Trust Community Engagement Award
Erin Atkinson

Meet the 2017 Finalists



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Shanna Hickling
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017


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