Horticulture Identification and Judging Contest
The production, marketing, and buying of horticultural
crops (fruits & nuts, vegetables & herbs, flowers & indoor
plants, and trees & shrubs) requires a detailed knowledge of many
subject matter disciplines. The horticulture contest is a training program
that teaches individuals to recognize and judge the quality of some
of the most important horticultural crops produced and/or consumed in
North America. Participants must also be able to answer questions and
solve problems on horticultural subjects.
Who Can Participate
15-22 years old and divided into seven (7) divisions.
- 4-H Team (ages 15-20) - 3 or 4 individuals
- FFA team(s) (ages 15-20) - 3 or 4 individuals
- Open Team(s) (ages 15-18) - 3 or 4 individuals
- Open Team(s) (ages 19-22) - 3 or 4 individuals
- Open Individual (ages 15-18)
- Open Individual (ages 19-22)
- Honors -- Reserved for individuals who have placed first in a previous
Horticulture Contest in any division either as an individual or as
a team member.
The horticulture contest consists of three sections (judging - 80 points,
identification - 200 points (250 points for Honors division), and information
- 160 points). A list of items for identification, judging, and subject
matter for the written test is available in a manual (NJHA HORTICULTURE
CONTEST STUDY MANUAL, 2002 edition)and compact disk (CD) available from
the NJHA executive secretary. Your state leader may already have copies
of this manual.
Special 4-H Rules
- Teams of three or four members must compete (no individuals without
- Only one 4-H team per state is allowed.
- Individuals who have competed in any division of this contest are
ineligible to compete in the
- College students who have completed two or more terms or semesters
of college; or who have competed in collegiate events of a similar
nature or similar subject matter are not eligible to compete in the
Plaques will be presented (if scores are of a sufficient level) as
- 4-H Team -- Each member of the top five (5) teams and top 10 individuals.
- FFA Team(s) -- Each member of the top five (5) teams and top 10
- Open Team (15-18) -- Each member of the top five (5) teams and top
- Open Team (19-22) -- Each member of the top five (5) teams and top
- Individual (age 15-18) -- Top 10 individuals.
- Individual (age 19-22) -- Top 10 individuals.
- Honors -- Top 10 individuals.
10:00 p.m. on the opening day of the convention. Entry dates and selection
procedures vary from state to state.
For additional information, consult the project chairperson:
Greg Stack, 5527 Miller Circle Drive, Matteson, Illinois 60443
Phone: (708) 448-7215. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org