The 2019 PHS Gardening Contest is officially open, welcoming entries from gardeners of all skill levels and garden types – from window boxes and planters to school gardens, urban farms and everything in between. Deadline to enter is June 7.
PHS invites green thumbs of all skill levels to enter their gardens in annual competition
PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society encourages non-professional gardeners from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to enter their beloved green spaces in the 2019 PHS Gardening Contest. The annual competition welcomes entries representing all types of garden interests and skill levels. Interested participants can submit their gardens or nominate a favorite neighborhood garden online or by mail through June 7.
The PHS Gardening Contest brings together a diverse, talented collection of individuals and community groups who are passionate about using horticulture to create beautiful, impactful spaces for themselves and their neighbors. Home gardeners, community gardeners and urban farmers, as well as those who tend to children’s gardens, school gardens, or gardens in public spaces are invited to enter. All contestants will be provided opportunities to learn from PHS experts and each other, through optional classes and online resources.
Gardens are judged onsite beginning in July by a panel of knowledgeable plant lovers. Judges will be assessing gardens on a variety of factors, including demonstration of:
- Aesthetic appeal, beauty, innovation, and effective design
- Plant health, sustainable practices, and resourcefulness
- Edible plants
- Habitat for pollinators and other wildlife
- Connections to family, neighbors, and/or community
Exemplary gardens will be recognized in the fall. Photos and highlights of the winning gardens will be shared via the PHS website, social media and other communications. All participants play an important role in advancing PHS’s mission of using horticulture to advance the greater good by adding green space to their communities and inspiring their neighbors to garden.