HORTICULTURAL knowledge won a prize for Brian Jenner of Ash.

Brian, who lives in Shawfield Lane, was a regional winner in a national competition run by Notcutts Garden Centres.

His reward was to choose £50 worth of plants from Notcutts in Bagshot.

The competition posed six gardening questions, such as asking which prickly genus of shrubs is one of the few suitable for dry shade?

All the questions were based on putting the right plant in the right place, which is the theme of Notcutts' 2003 Chelsea Flower Show exhibit.

The top prize, a Cornish gardening weekend for two including a visit to the Eden Project, went to an entrant from one of Notcutts' 13 other garden centres.

The competition ran throughout the winter and spring, giving plenty of time for gardeners to enter.

Notcutts' Bagshot garden centre manager Mark Vaughan said: "Over all 69% of entries gave the correct answer to all six questions, so this was a serious gardening com-petition, requiring knowledge or research."

Brian Jenner is pictured choosing his plants with Andreas McNeill of Notcutts.