By Marion McParland
Are your roses getting more compliments than your new haircut? Maybe your window boxes are the talk of the town. Is your community garden producing enough vegetables to feed the high school football team? Now is your chance to enter PHS’s new program that honors the beautification efforts of individual and community gardeners. The PHS Gardening and Greening Contest will spotlight well-designed, well-maintained and inspiring gardens and green spaces throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Gardeners in Philadelphia and the surrounding area have been celebrated by two PHS programs: the PHS City Gardens Contest and the PHS Community Greening Awards. Now, these two programs have been combined into a new, broader recognition program.
“PHS is proud to recognize all those who have been inspired to improve their communities through greening,” says Flossie Narducci, PHS Event Manager. “It is this common love of horticulture that brings together gardeners and judges despite differences in age, socio-economic background and skill level. This love of horticulture and beautifying their neighborhoods provides a bond with everyone involved — gardeners and judges alike.”
Home gardeners with in-ground or container gardens, community gardeners, businesses that have beautified their properties, and municipalities that have initiated environmental projects, such as stormwater management or tree plantings, are all invited to participate. Nine contest categories include: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Container Gardens, Children’s Gardens, Rooftop Gardens, Garden Block/Main Street Planters, Urban Farms, Public Space Plantings, and Environmental Initiatives.
Volunteer judges will be chosen for their expertise and achievements. Entries will be judged during the summer on maintenance and horticultural practices, as well as variety, color, and suitability of plantings. Design and total visual effect will be considered, with extra points awarded for creativity and sustainable practices.
The deadline to enter the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest is June 30. Winning gardeners will be invited to an awards reception. For more information and to enter the contest, please click here.