Master Gardener Conference

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.

The winning county receives a plaque, and their name is added to the Dean's Award plaque that is posted in McCarty Hall at the University of Florida. Prizes are also awarded to the highest-scoring individual contestant.

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.

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.

Competition Forms

Flowers and Foliage Plants
Fruits and Nuts
Judging Contest Form


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