This annual essay competition run by the UK-based Gardens Trust is intended to encourage vibrant, scholarly writing and new research, especially by those who have not yet had their work published. It is open to any student, worldwide, registered in a bona-fide university or institute of higher education, or who has recently graduated from such an institution.

Submissions must be 5,000 to 6,000 words and the only restriction on subject matter is that it must be of relevance to garden history. The prize includes an award of £250, free membership of The Gardens Trust for a year and consideration for publication in our peer-reviewed, scholarly journal Garden History. All previous winners have been accepted for publication, and often the best of the non-winning entries are invited to submit to the journal as well.

The Trust is looking to widen the understanding and appeal of garden history and as such will favourably consider applications from a very wide range of disciplines and approaches, both from Britain and internationally.  This might include, for example, the importance of gardens or designed landscapes in urban planning and the built environment, gardens in film, photography or works of art, as settings or metaphor in literature, poetry, the theatre, opera or music, garden archaeology, the financing and economics of horticulture past and present, gardens as heritage, or as bio-reserves, work around plants and plant hunting, gardens as therapeutic or productive spaces, as well as the more obvious research into specific gardens and designed landscapes, their creators, workers and plants.

For further details and to enter download the flyer here or from http://thegardenstrust.org/research/prize/

Any further enquiries can be made to: [email protected]

Image: Marjorie S Darby, Children working in the garden at Culgoa East State School, 1938, via Museums Victoria.