For Immediate Release
July 26, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced the winners of the Mayor’s 2013 Garden Contest sponsored by Comcast.
Launched 17 years ago as part of Mayor Menino’s citywide beautification initiative, 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 Menino and prize packages from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Comcast, Mahoney’s Garden Centers, Design New England Magazine, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and other partners at an awards ceremony August 13 in the Public Garden. A rain location is being provided by Suffolk University.
All finalists in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for four 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 elite Boston Department Garden Contest Hall of Fame, AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa, Boston Elderly Affairs Commissioner Emily Shea, Boston Parks and Recreation Department staff, and members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
This year’s winners are:
Small Yard Garden
First Place - Lyle, Kara, and Lily Bradley, East Boston
Second Place - Frank and Ann Garibaldi, Hyde Park
Third Place - Elizabeth Mullaney, Dorchester
Medium Yard Garden
First Place - Alex Galan, Dorchester
Second Place - David Connolly, East Boston
Third Place - William Ryan, Dorchester
Large Yard Garden
First Place (tie) - Marie Esposito, Roslindale; Myrna Balk, Jamaica Plain
Second Place - Theresa Pope, Jamaica Plain
Third Place - Sarah Salerno Thomas, Hyde Park
Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden
First Place - Kimberly Roberts, East Boston
Second Place - Debbie Lingos, Back Bay
Third Place - Dale Malone and Mark Landin, Dorchester
First Place - Robert Fettig, Jamaica Plain
Second Place - Sheryl White, Roslindale
Third Place - Melissa, Todd, and Joey Cartwright, Allston
Vegetable or Herb Garden
First Place - Joseph DeLuca, Hyde Park
Second Place - Doris Burford, Jamaica Plain
Third Place - The Boston Home, Inc., Dorchester
First Place - Dorothy Derifield, Roslindale
Second Place - Gerald Brown, Dorchester
Third Place - Adele Rothman, Hyde Park
Storefront, Business or Organization Garden
First Place - Allan Ramdial, D Coal Pot, Hyde Park
Second Place - Jeffrey Conrad, Fisher College, Back Bay
Third Place - Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury
First Place - Marie Fukuda and Tim Horn, Fenway Garden Society
Second Place - John Marino and Tim Haynes, South End
Third Place (tie) - Michael Reynolds, Berkeley Community Garden, South End; Susan Prainger, Granada Park Garden, Jamaica Plain
In addition to the category winners, for the first time in the history of the contest the Boston Parks Commissioner will present a special Community Beautification Service Award. This year’s recipient is The Friends of East Boston Greenway. The group is being recognized for its far-reaching gardening efforts in East Boston including the planting of 75 trees along the Greenway, 10,000 day lilies, and 1,500 tulips and daffodils.