A handful of top young horticulturalists are taking part in a two-day leadership forum starting in Auckland on Tuesday.
Executives from businesses such as Turners & Growers, Fruitfed Supplies and Bayer will explain the ins-and-outs of the horticultural sector to the finalists of the 2013 Young Horticulturalist of the Year competition.
Organiser Elenka Nikoloff says the leadership workshop and presentations are designed to give the participants a global vision of the industry.
"So what we're trying to do is develop their networks early in their careers which will really support them because networks are everything in business and support their careers going forward. That's our passion and that's what we'd like to do."