Projects, Contests & Activities

For additional information, consult the project chairperson: Stacy Smith, 1775 S 8000 E, Angola, IN 46703, Home 260 665-8348, Cell 260 316-4585,

Illustrated Talk and Prepared Speech Contests

To expand the knowledge of individuals in the area of horticulture, promote horticulture as a career and hobby and stimulate others to improve their environment through the art and science of horticulture. This contest provides youth with the opportunity to improve their skills in assembling, organizing, and disseminating information in an efficient manner.

Who Can Participate

15-18 and 19-22 years old; Individuals only, no teams.

Project Requirements

Prepare and present in one of the three divisions (prepared speech, illustrated talk, and special). The following rules apply to all divisions.

  1. No individual will be allowed to present the same presentation in successive years.
  2. Presentations must be between 7 and 10 minutes.
  3. No state may enter more than two presentations in each division.
  4. An individual (no teams) may participate in only one division in any given year. The divisions are as follows:
    • a. Illustrated Talk - (age 15-18)
    • b. Prepared Speech - (age 15-18)
    • c. Special - (age 19-22) Prepared Speech, Illustrated Talk, and former Grand National Awards Winners in divisions (a) and (b).
  5. Participants giving illustrated talks must furnish all equipment except for a projection screen. LCD projectors are sometimes available. Please check with the national program chairman a few week prior to convention for availability status.
  6. An assistant may be used in an illustrated talk to assist in handling mechanical visual aids. This assistant will not be considered a participant and will have no other part of the presentation.
  7. Only judges have the right to ask questions. This will occur at the end of the presentation.
  8. Presentations must be either a prepared speech or illustrated talk.

Note: An illustrated talk differs from a demonstration in that a youth presenting an illustrated talk is not required to do something with the object(s) that they show the audience. For example, a presentation would be entered as an illustrated talk if a pot of orchids is held up as statements are made on how this plant should be divided. If the plant is actually divided, this presentation would be entered as a demonstration. Suggested visual aids for an illustrated talk include flannel board, opaque projector, overhead or slide projector, posters, and reference articles. No visuals may be used in a prepared speech. Additional questions should be addressed to the project leader prior to entering participants in the contest.


National Award Winners -- Up to three individuals are eligible to receive a medal in each division. National Award Winners are eligible to return for competition the following year in the same division. In the event that a presentation of sufficient quality is not entered in a division, no National Awards will be presented for that division.

Grand National Award Winner -- One individual is eligible to receive a medal in each of the three divisions. A Grand National Award winner is not eligible for further competition in the same age division of the area of competition. A Grand National Award Winner in the 15 to 18 year old categories (division a or b) may return the following year in the special division even though they may not be 19 years old. In the event that a presentation of sufficient quality is not entered in a division, no Grand National Award will be presented. Grand national winners may also receive cash awards in addition to the medal.

Jack B. Leaver
1088 Fountain View
Circle #3
Holland, MI 49423
Phone 616 298-2433

Entry Deadline

September 23.

Illustrated Talk Scoresheet PDF

Prepared Speech Scoresheet PDF