Mayor’s Garden Contest

A container planting accompanied by a unique metal "cow" was featured in the 2005 Mayor's Garden Contest. (Photo by Hilda M. Morrill)
A container planting accompanied by a unique metal “cow” was featured in the 2005 Mayor’s Garden Contest. (Photo by Hilda M. Morrill)

Mayor Martin J. Walsh is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Wednesday, July 11, to register for the annual “Mayor’s Garden Contest” presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue and media support provided by the Boston Herald.

Yours truly fondly remembers the many years when I was honored to be a judge in the late Mayor Thomas Menino’s garden contests. I met so many wonderful people and always learned so much.

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.

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, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony to be held in mid-August in the Public Garden.

First place winners in this year’s contest will also be entered into 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.

Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last ten years will be 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.

To enter the contest, apply online at or pick up entry forms at Boston City Hall, Boston Community Centers, or Boston Public Library branches.

For more information, call 617-635-4505.

Best Wishes to all!