Green thumbs wanted

by Anonymous Author

Young Selwyn gardeners are being urged to submit their entries for the inaugural Yates Budding Young Gardener competition.

A nationwide search is on for young kiwi gardeners, between 5 and 15 years old, who love getting into the garden. The lucky winner will become a Yates ambassador for one year and win a family trip to Australia.

Judge and gardening guru, Ruud Kleinpaste, said growing a love of gardening and all things outdoors are behind the competition.

“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, 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,” Mr Kleinpaste said.

Seven regional winners will be selected by the judges, and they will win a massive Yates Budding Young Gardener Hamper valued at more than $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.

Entries close on September 17, and entrants will be required to submit a short video about themselves and their garden. Further details and terms and conditions can be found at