Horticulture ID and Judging

All Florida 4-H activities through July, 2020 have been postponed or cancelled in accordance with University of Florida and Florida 4-H guidelines regarding COVID-19. We are working diligently to find alternate dates or platforms for as many of the National-qualifying events as possible. 

2020 dates or format TBD
UF Department of Animal Sciences, Gainesville

This event supports the county 4-H plant science/horticulture program by providing an opportunity for 4 H members to acquire knowledge and skills in identification and selection of horticultural products (i.e. vegetables, fruits, flowers, ornamentals) and then apply these basic skills to consumer decision-making.

Horticulture ID Contest Webinar for Coaches and Volunteers


Revised Study Materials:

Additional Resources

Florida 4-H Horticulture Identification and Judging Publication – 4H PSJ 20

This publication provides guidelines and information for Florida 4-H members and Master Gardeners participating in state contests held annually at 4-H University or the Master Gardener Annual Conference. These contests provide the opportunity to study horticultural plants and their parts and products. Participation in the contest should result in improved abilities to recognize, use, grow, and appreciate the offerings of horticulture. Click here to download the contest rules and glossary.

State Contest

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Registration Dates: April 24 to June 5, 2020  via Florida 4-H online

Cost: $10.00 (registration fee)

Who can Participate: Youth will compete in teams of 3 or 4 at the junior, intermediate, and senior levels.  Each county can register a maximum of two junior, intermediate, and senior teams of 4, plus two individuals at each age level for a total of 30 participants.  Individual youth may compete if there are not enough to participants to form a county team.  The state winning senior team is eligible to represent Florida in the National Junior Horticultural Association Conference and Contest.  Eligibility is based on score received at the state contest and is awarded at the discretion of the state specialist.


  • Awards will be given to top individuals at the state level. Partial sponsorship to national competition may be provided to the first-place team and high individual, contingent upon available funding. In order to be eligible for partial sponsorship, the combined first place team score, and the high individual score, must be equal to or greater than 80%.

For questions contact Dr. Jeff Williamson – jgrw@ufl.edu or Wendy Wilber – wilbewl@ufl.edu