The Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest provides youth an opportunity to test their knowledge of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants. The contest is open to all youth, as well as adults. Youth do not need to be enrolled 4-H members to participate. The contest will be available from 8:00 AM on Friday, June 8, 2018, through 8:00 AM on Monday, June 28, 2018.
Before beginning the online contest, youth will need to fill in all of their information, including full name, county, and 4-H age (age as of January 1st of the current year).
The online contest should only be taken once by each participant.
No study materials are to be used while taking the online contest.
The contest is composed of three parts:
- General knowledge questions,
- Plant part and seed identification, and
The contest will allow participants an opportunity to review the answers prior to submitting. Once submitted, the participants will see their score but will not be able to see which questions were answered incorrectly. After the contest has completed on June 18th, the participants may request to see the scores and answers. Requests may be sent to Elizabeth Killinger at 308-385-5088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No awards are offered or provided by Nebraska 4-H. However, some county 4-H programs may offer awards and ribbon placings if they choose to use the online contest as their official county-level horticulture contest. For more information, please contact your local Extension office.
NJHA Plant List for Identification and Judging:
- Flowers and Indoor Plants | Printable List
- Landscape Ornamentals | Printable List
- Fruits, Nuts and Berries | Printable List
- Vegetables | Printable List
References for Written Exam and Judging Sections:
- Managing Trees & Shrubs Chapter National Junior Horticultural Association Study guide.
- Plant Nutrition Chapter, National Junior Horticultural Association Study guide.
- Commercial Horticulture Production Chapter National Junior Horticultural Association Study guide
- Plant Nomenclature Chapter National Junior Horticulture Association Study guide
- Everyone a Gardener! University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Publication 4H334
- Growing Great Houseplants. University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension 4-H Publication 4H418
- All About Annual Flowers. University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Publication EC12-61- 77
- Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Herbs and Fruits for Exhibit. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Publication 4H226
- Judging Horticultural Products Section, National Junior Horticultural Association Study guide.
- Preparing Cut Flowers for Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State Fair. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Publication 4H227
Some counties may use the Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest as their official county-level contest and award ribbon placings. They may also have additional requirements, age divisions, or in-person contest events for 4-H members. For more information please contact your local Extension office.