4-H Plant ID and Judging Contest

Each year during the Florida Master Gardener Conference, Master Gardeners compete in the 4-H plant identification and judging competition. Teams and individuals can both compete to identify samples of ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruits, as well as judge specific plant specimens on their appearance and vigor.

Participants benefit from the added plant knowledge and, if interested, gain experience in coaching a 4-H team from their county to compete at the plant ID and judging contest that takes place annually at the 4-H Congress.

**All Master Gardener Horticulture teams who have assisted in training 4H-ers in horticulture ID and judging will receive 10 additional points to their score at the MG Conference, by verification of your 4H agent.**


If you are interested in participating in the contest, please notify your Master Gardener Coordinator and plan to sign-up onsite. Teams should plan to bring clipboards for competition forms, as there will be a limited number of clipboards available at the conference.

To learn more about the contest, review the Contest Rules and Glossary.

To study plants and test your knowledge before the contest, be sure to check out the Plant Identification Learning Module.

Additional study materials can be found on the Florida 4-H website under the horticulture ID and judging page

Competition Forms

Flowers and Foliage Plants
Fruits and Nuts
Judging Contest Form
Senior Scoresheets

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