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Mayor Menino's Garden Contest

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

Boston's gardeners work long and hard to beautify their homes, businesses, and neighborhoods," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "This contest recognizes and honors these green thumbs who are helping to improve our city with their talents."

Launched 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 in nine categories will receive the coveted "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Menino and prize packages from the Parks Department, Comcast, Mahoney's Garden Centers of Brighton and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden.

Mayor Menino 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 in the last ten years. 

Mayor Menino 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 in the last ten years.


Important Dates

Entry Deadline - July 12, 130 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 12, 2013 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.

For More Information

617-635-4505
GardenContest@cityofboston.gov