Some secrets are too good to sit on. Such is the case for the 2011 City Gardens Contest. We’ve got the list of winners, and we can’t wait until Saturday’s reception (at the Fall Garden Festival) to share the news. Consider this your spoiler alert!
As always, the participating gardens represent a range of styles and personalities. Standouts include a garden with a grove of olive trees, and a Japanese themed container garden. Another favorite is the flower garden of Lindsay Weightman.
Here’s how one of the Contest judges described Lindsay’s garden:
Upon entering this garden, any visitor would be transported to an exotic destination. Artifacts and architectural elements add to this “World Garden.” Every bit of space has been maximized for impact and comfort. This multi-leveled garden features many different garden rooms. We especially loved the garage that had been converted into an open air, roofless dining room complete with chandelier and Southwest adobe oven.
As Jen mentioned on her Monday post, several parks received accolades. Fitler Square, Ned Wolf Park, and Gorgas Parks all earned first-prize rankings. (If you’re familiar with some of those in second place, you’ll appreciate how steep the competition is.)
New this year is a category for restaurant gardens. Three restaurants (Four Seasons Hotel, Noble American Cookery, and Paradiso) proved to have gardens as applause-worthy as their dishes.