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Mayor's Garden Contest

The annual event is a citywide celebration of urban gardening.

Update: The 2022 application is now available.

We recognize gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs, helping beautify Boston's neighborhoods.

About the contest

The Garden Contest is part of Mayor Michelle Wu's citywide beautification initiative.

Contest timeline
  • Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.) 
  • Finalist notification: Thursday, July 20, 2022
  • Judges visit gardens: Week of July 25, 2022
  • Awards ceremony: Monday, August 15, 2022

First place winners in the garden categories will receive the "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Michelle Wu. They will also be entered to win a grand prize of two round trip tickets on JetBlue for non-stop travel from Boston, provided by JetBlue. Additional support provided by Mahoney's Garden Centers and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Garden Contest Hall of Fame

Mayor Michelle Wu will recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees at the awards ceremony. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times.

Enter the Contest

Enter your garden today.

Submit photos of your garden through our online application (preferred). Alternatively you may mail in your application with photos of your garden here.

Eligibility and categories


The contest is only for Boston residents who are amateur gardeners. But, businesses and other groups can submit an entry in our “Storefront, Organization, or Main Street District Garden” category.

General information

The first round of judging is done through submitted photos. Any photos or images you submit to us become City of Boston property. We may use these images for press or marketing purposes.

Please keep in mind: You can only enter into one category each year.

  • Porch, Balcony, or Container Garden
  • Shade Garden
  • Small Yard Garden (250 square feet or less)
  • Medium Yard Garden (250 to 500 square feet)
  • Large Yard Garden (larger than 500 square feet)
  • Community Garden (individual plot)
  • Vegetable or Herb Garden
  • Age Strong Garden Category (Senior 65 and older)
  • Storefront, Organization, or Main Street District Garden
Judging criteria

When judging a garden, we’re paying attention to:

  • general appeal and neatness
  • natural or formal layout
  • use of color
  • plant material
  • variety and quality of plants, and
  • sustainable features and methods used to create the garden.

Mayor's Garden Contest 2021 winners

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