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Mayor Walsh's Garden Contest

A Citywide Celebration of Urban Gardening presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. Grand prize provided by JetBlue.

Launched as part of Mayor Walsh'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 in the garden categories will receive the coveted "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Walsh and prize packages from the Parks Department, JetBlue, Boston Herald, Polar Beverages, Mahoney's Garden Centers of Brighton, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden.

Mayor Walsh will recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees this year. To be eligible to be in the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times. 

Important Dates

Entry Deadline - July 10, 2015 11:59PM

Entry Form

Residents and businesses are encouraged to nominate their own or a neighbor's garden, window box, or front, back, or side yard. Only gardens planted by amateur gardeners are eligible to take part in the contest. No professionally contracted work will be allowed to enter. Entrants are required to submit photographs of their garden along with an official entry form. Using these photos, judges will narrow the entrants to five finalists per category. Site visits by contest judges will determine the winners.

Your photo(s) and completed nomination form must be received at our Boston offices by July 10, 2015 at 11:59PM to be eligible for competition. Entries without photographs will not be accepted.

Online Entry Form
Complete the form online and upload up to 5 digital photos of your garden.

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