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Mayor’s Garden Contest submissions open, deadline is July 10


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Parks and Recreation

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced that the 24th annual Mayor’s Garden Contest will take place this year, keeping within current social distancing guidelines.

Boston’s green thumbs have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10, to register.  The contest provides the perfect opportunity to recognize those who have taken advantage of the “safer at home” guidelines to hone their gardening skills.

The contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.  The safety of gardeners and contest judges is the top priority of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.  Gardeners should follow all current advisories from the Boston Public Health Commission and the City of Boston. Visit the City’s coronavirus website for the latest information and guidance.

Gardeners or those nominating their favorite gardeners may find printable and online nomination forms at  First place winners will receive the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Walsh, while second and third place winners will be awarded certificates.  The traditional awards ceremony will be dependent on the rules on public gatherings that apply in August.

Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last ten years will be automatically entered into the Hall of Fame.  These distinguished Hall-of-Famers are not eligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.

The preferred method of entry for residents is to submit photos through the online application. Alternatively, they may request an application by emailing their name and address to For more information, please call 617-635-4505.