City announces 2012 Garden Contest
Boston’s green thumbs have until July 13 to register for Mayor Menino’s 2012 Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsors Comcast, JetBlue, and the Boston Herald.
This year’s contest includes new categories and the contest’s first Hall of Fame along with the exciting news that sponsor JetBlue has come on board this year to support the City of Boston’s green efforts by providing a Grand Prize trip to Florida.
Launched 16 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.
Gardeners or those nominating their favorite gardeners may find nomination forms at www.cityofboston.gov/parks/gardencontest. First place winners in ten 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.
All finalists in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of a trip for four to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in spring 2013 in Orlando, FL. The trip includes airfare and a three -night stay with admission to the Epcot Theme Park, which hosts the International Flower & Garden Festival each year.
Beginning this year, the Garden Contest will create a Hall of Fame to honor those participants that have won three or more times in the last ten years. Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last ten years will be automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony in late August. These distinguished Hall-of-Famers will be able to participate as a contestant or judge during the 2012 contest. Starting in 2013, the Hall of Fame members will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.
To enter the contest, apply online at www.cityofboston.gov/parks/gardencontest/gardencontest.aspx or pick up entry forms at Boston City Hall, Boston Community Centers, and Boston Public Library branches. For more information please call 961-3051.