The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners and all who are passionate about green public spaces to enter its gardening and greening contest.
Gardeners must enter by Monday, June 20.
Entries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will be judged on maintenance and horticultural practices, as well as the variety, color and suitability of plantings.
Design and total visual effects will also be considered, with extra points awarded for creativity and sustainable practices. Volunteer judges will be chosen for their expertise and achievements.
Participants will include home gardeners with in-ground, combination, container or rooftop gardens. Children’s gardens, maintained by school-age children under the supervision of an adult, are welcome to enter.
Community gardeners may enter vegetable and flower gardens, garden blocks, public-space plantings and parks. Businesses that have beautified their properties are eligible as well.
The 10 contest categories are Children’s Garden; Combination Garden; Container Garden; Environmental Initiatives; Flower Garden; Garden Block; Public Space: Planting/Parks; Rooftop Gardens; Urban Farm; and Vegetable Garden.
Gardeners whose projects are chosen for recognition will be invited to an awards reception, where photos of the winning gardens will be showcased.