Plant of the Year search launched for 2025

The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria has announced plans for a Plant of the Year award. The search for the Plant of the Year starts this year and the winner will be announced to the industry during the Australian Horticultural Plant Trials in December and to the public at MIFGS in March 2025.

The new Plant of the Year campaign was explained to the gardening media and industry representatives during MIFGS by horticulturist Teena Crawford and NGIV’s David Reid.

Entries open on April 8 and close on October 28. Entry is open to all breeders and businesses, and to all types of plants and cultivars. Each entry costs $1000 (NGIV members) or $1800 (non-members).

The only restrictions on entries are that plants have not been entered before and must be available for sale in January of the year of their award.

The winner will be chosen from a shortlist with finalists named in the tree, shrub, herbaceous (annual and perennial) and specialist (climbers/vine, edible, succulent, indoors) categories for plant of the year with the overall best crowned as Plant of the Year.

Plants will be judged on aesthetics (40 per cent), growth and performance (40 per cent), and innovation and marketability (20 per cent). Plants scoring a mark of 80 per cent and above will become finalists. The judging criteria has been determined by consultation between the judging panel, headed by Teena Crawford, and the NGIV’s governance panel. For more information visit the website plantoftheyear.com.au. Prizes include access to premium marketing and promotional oportunities

Other winners

While this is the first Plant of the Year award, many Australian plants have been awarded prizes recognising their garden merit in prestigious competitions outside Australia. These include Dreameria Dreamland, Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’, Phlebodium aureum ‘Davana’ and Ginkgo biloba ‘Lemonline Spire’.

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