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Mayor's Garden Contest winners announced

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Parks and Recreation

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the winners of the 24th annual Mayor’s Garden Contest with a grand prize provided by JetBlue and prize packages donated by Mahoney’s Garden Centers.

This year’s competition was held within current social distancing guidelines with the contest providing the perfect opportunity to recognize those who have taken advantage of the “safer at home” guidelines to hone their gardening skills.

The Mayor’s Garden Contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, shrubs, and vegetables, and in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.  The safety of gardeners and contest judges was the top priority of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and gardeners were instructed to follow all current advisories from the Boston Public Health Commission and the City of Boston.

First place winners received the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Walsh while second and third place winners were awarded certificates.  Judging was held with social distancing and masks in use, as was the delivery of winner’s certificates.  First place winners were also eligible for a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for two to any nonstop destination from Boston.  Terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply.  Gardener’s gift bags were provided by Mahoney’s Garden Centers to the top three winners in each category as well as gift certificates for the 2020 Hall of Fame winners.

Traditionally, the awards ceremony is an outdoor celebration in the Boston Public Garden where each winner is announced and provided with their award by Mayor Walsh.  This year’s ceremony was held virtually on August 25 with all winners' gardens showcased.  As winners of each category were announced, photos of their gardens were shown on screen.  In addition, a Story Map featuring photos of the winners and their gardens is available boston.gov/Garden-Contest.

This year’s winners are:

Storefront, Organization, or Main Street District Garden

  • First Place:  Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, North End
  • Second Place:  Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Association, Hyde Park
  • Third Place:  The Beehive, South End

Community Garden

  • First Place:  Billy and Eric Bain, Fenway/Kenmore
  • Second Place:  Craig and Kimberly McNulty, Fenway/Kenmore
  • Third Place:  Dionna Di Pierro and Steven Davy, Fenway/Kenmore

Vegetable or Herb Garden

  • First Place:  Pasqualino Cerro, Hyde Park
  • Second Place:  Sunny Ha, Brighton
  • Third Place:  Benedetta Cerro, Hyde Park

Porch, Balcony, or Container Garden

  • First Place:  Kolea Zimmerman, Charlestown
  • Second Place:  Michael Conord, South Boston
  • Third Place:  Al Ku'ahi Wong, North End

Senior Yard Garden

  • First Place: Wm. Ernest Garneau, West Roxbury
  • Second Place: Janice Dunlevy, Dorchester
  • Third Place: John Govoni and Dorothy Giarla, Roslindale

Shade Garden

  • First Place:  Jean Donahue, Roslindale
  • Second Place:  Miguel Rosales, Beacon Hill
  • Third Place:  Dan Gazaille, Fenway/Kenmore

Small Yard Garden

  • First Place:  Julie Murphy, West Roxbury
  • Second Place:  Amy Wolbarst, Dorchester
  • Third Place:  Sarah Plowman, East Boston

Medium Yard Garden

  • First Place:  Linda Sklar, Jamaica Plain
  • Second Place:  Rick Cresta, East Boston
  • Third Place:  Tram Tran, Dorchester

Large Yard Garden

  • First Place:  Stephen Smith and Richard Allsbrook, Roslindale
  • Second Place:  Nancy Kressin, West Roxbury
  • Third Place:  James Anderson, Dorchester                            

Gardeners who have won three or more times are automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony.  These distinguished Hall-of-Famers will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.  The 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees are Carmen Musto and Kristen Mobilia of the Fenway, Michele Topor of the North End, and Daryl Johnson, Rick Smith, and Rick Kuethe of Dorchester.

Boston Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods (right) presents the coveted Golden Trowel award to Senior Garden category winner Wm. Ernest Garneau of West Roxbury.

Jean Donahue’s yard in Roslindale took first place in the Shade Garden category in Mayor’s Walsh’s 2020 Garden Contest.

Billy and Eric Bain of the Fenway show off their Golden Trowel award after taking first place in the Community Garden Individual Plot category in Mayor Walsh’s 2020 Garden Contest.