Mayor Walsh Announces Garden Contest Winners
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For Immediate Release
July 30, 2014
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Parks and Recreation
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Parks Department

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the winners of the Mayor’s 2014 Garden Contest presented with a Grand Prize from JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald.  Now in its 18th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.

First Place winners will receive the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Walsh and all winners will take home prize packages from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Mahoney’s Garden Centers, the Boston Flower and Garden Show, the New England Wildflower Society, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in the Public Garden. 

All winners in this year’s Garden Contest are also entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of a pair of roundtrip flights to any of the airline’s nonstop destinations from Boston.  Terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply.

A team of distinguished judges viewed the finalists’ gardens over a two-day period.  Judges included members of the Garden Contest Hall of Fame, Boston Elderly Affairs Commissioner Emily Shea, and Boston Parks and Recreation Department horticulture staff.

This year’s winners are:

 Community Garden

First Place -                 Joe Ciampa Community Garden, East Boston

Second Place -             John Walsh, South End

Third Place -                Southwest Boston Community Garden, Roslindale


Large Yard Garden 

First Place -                 Sarah Salerno Thomas, Hyde Park

Second Place -             Sandra Kautz,             Roslindale

Third Place -                Daphne Georges, Jamaica Plain


Medium Yard Garden                                                                                 

First Place -                 Doug Raymond, West Roxbury        

Second Place -             Adele Rothman, Hyde Park

Third Place -                Susi Family, North End


Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden

First Place -                 Debbie Lingos , Back Bay

Second Place -             Darcy Ertl, Charlestown

Third Place -                Arielle Young, Beacon Hill


Senior Garden

First Place -                 Tom Kane, South Boston

Second Place -             Carole Williams, Roxbury

Third Place -                Clara Agouda, Back Bay


Shade Garden

First Place -                 Myrna Balk, Jamaica Plain     

Second Place -             Robert Fettig, Jamaica Plain  

Third Place -                Sheryl White, Roslindale


Small Yard Garden                                                                         

First Place -                 Frank & Ann Garibaldi, Hyde Park

Second Place -             Julie Murphy, West Roxbury

Third Place -                Katherine Stevenson,  Roslindale


Storefront, Organization, or Main Street District Garden                                                                                   

First Place -                 Arlington St. Church/Team Eden, Back Bay

Second Place -             D. Coal Pot, Hyde Park

Third Place -                South Boston Grows, South Boston


Vegetable or Herb Garden

First Place -                 Joseph DeLuca, Hyde Park

Second Place -             Jager, Mareweki, Thiesen, and Tuller, Dorchester

Third Place -                Erin Frost, South End

 Gardeners who have won three or more times are automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony.  These distinguished Hall-of-Famers will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.



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