Alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Wednesday, July 11, to register for Mayor Walsh’s 2018 Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue.

Now in its 22nd year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.

Only gardens planted by amateur gardeners are eligible

to take part in the contest. No professionally contracted work is allowed to enter. Entrants are required to submit photographs of their garden along with an official entry form. Using these photos, judges will narrow

the hundreds of contest entries to five finalists per category. Site visits by contest judges determine the top three winners in the following categories:

Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden

Shade Garden

Small Yard Garden (250 sq. ft. or less)

Medium Yard Garden (250 to 500 sq. ft.)

Large Yard Garden (larger than 500 sq. ft.)

Community Garden

Vegetable or Herb Garden

Storefront, Business or Community Organization Garden

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 and prize packages from the Parks Department, Mahoney’s Garden Centers of Brighton, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden.

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