Gardener goes for gold

Peter Edge, The Alnwick Garden's plant centre manager. Picture Margaret Whittaker.

Peter Edge, The Alnwick Garden's plant centre manager. Picture Margaret Whittaker.

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A GREEN-FINGERED gardener is going for gold this weekend in a prestigious national competition.

Peter Edge, the plant centre manager at The Alnwick Garden, will contest this Saturday’s Grand Final of The Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year (YHoY) 2012.

The ceremony takes place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the 26-year-old will compete against regional winners from across Britain and Ireland for the coveted Percy Thrower Trust £2,000 Travel Bursary, and a chance to travel anywhere in the world to study horticulture.

Having entered the competition for three consecutive years, Peter finally secured his place in the Grand Final by winning the YHoY Northern Regional Final, which took place in The Pavilion at The Alnwick Garden in March.

Competing against seven of the best young horticulturists from the northern region, Peter managed to show off his knowledge and experience across a wide range of horticultural subjects to beat the other contestants.

He won the £150 top prize, which was presented by Trevor Jones, head gardener at the Alnwick-based visitor attraction, and booked his place at this weekend’s final.