It's our sixth annual search for the country's keenest pair of green thumbs and we have new categories to better celebrate our horticultural heroes!
JUNIOR: Open to gardeners still at school. Let's celebrate the next generation of gardeners!
NOVICE: For gardeners with less than three years' experience. This category aims to recognise people who, despite not having been gardening long, are already inspiring others.
BEST GREEN-FINGERED NEIGHBOUR: Whether they've been generous with cuttings or have helped with gardening advice, nominate your great gardening neighbours.
MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE GARDENER: Tell us about gardeners who are helping other people.
GARDEN CLUB CHAMP: For someone who goes the extra mile at your garden club.
BEST SCHOOL GARDEN/GARDENER: Let us know about great school gardens
and cheer for the inspiring teachers and volunteers who keep them going!
BEST VEGE GARDENER: We want to find NZ's best vege patch.
BEST FLOWER GARDENER: Tell us about the prettiest flower garden in your region.
BEST COMMUNITY GARDEN OR PROJECT: An award to recognise green-fingered groups!
BEST GARDENING GRANDPARENT: Tell us why yours is the best!
Each category finalist receives: $150 of Kiwicare Garden products
$150 of Kings Seeds vouchers $150 of Gardena products A pack of Flower Carpetฎ roses $150 Tui fertiliser & lawn seed $150 of Yates Nature's Way products $150 of Plantet Earth edible plants vouchers 2013 Ellerslie International Flower Show double pass
A 12-month subscription to NZ Gardener
NZ Gardener 2012 Gardener of the Year winner receives: $3000 of Mitre 10 vouchers A year's worth of Kiwicare Garden products
A luxury trip for two to the 2013 Ellerslie International Flower Show
Terms & conditions:1. Nominations close 31 August 2012. 2. Acceptance of prizes is deemed consent to use the winners' details and photographs for publicity purposes. 3. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. The prizes cannot be transferred, exchanged or redeemed for cash. 5. This competition is open to New Zealand residents only. 6. The overall winner receives a luxury trip to the 2013 Ellerslie Flower Show which includes 2 nights accommodation in Christchurch; 2x Premiere Garden Party tickets for a VIP preview of the show; anyday show passes and domestic airfares (if required).
Send a letter or email nomination telling us why someone you know deserves to be the 2012 Gardener of the Year. You can nominate in several categories, in a single category or not specify a category at all if you'd prefer just tell us all about them and what they've achieved (see below for tips). Please include your name and phone number plus contact details for the nominated gardener, or for a contact person if it's a group.
Post nominations to: 2012 Gardener of the Year, NZ Gardener, PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141.
Email nominations to us with 'Gardener of the Year' in the subject line. Click here to send an email.
Please include the following information: Name, address and contact details of the nominee Your name and contact details Category or categories (see left) you are nominating in.
We'd like to know why your nominee deserves to be our 2012 Gardener of the Year. The more information you can provide, the better informed we are about the person you are nominating. What makes the person or group stand out from the crowd? Is there anything special they've achieved or been involved in? Tell us about anything they've done to help other people? Tell us how they are making a difference.
Nominations close 31 August 2012. Finalists will be announced in the October issue of NZ Gardener. One finalist will be selected as the overall Gardener of the Year based on the results of a public vote. Full voting instructions will be in the
October and November issues of NZ Gardener. The 2012 Gardener of the Year will be announced in the December 2012 issue.