Mayor’s Garden Contest

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

The annual “Mayor’s Garden Contest” is a citywide celebration of urban gardening in Boston.

The contest recognizes gardeners who have helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods. The contest is part of Mayor Marty Walsh’s citywide beautification initiative.

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

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

First-place winners in the garden categories will receive the “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Walsh, as well as prize packages from the Parks Department and other sponsors at an awards ceremony being held in August in the Public Garden.

This year Mayor Walsh will also recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times.

The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Any photos or images submitted become the property of the City of Boston and may be used for press or marketing purposes.

For complete details for the 2017 Mayor’s Garden Contest including the different categories and judging criteria, visit

For any questions, email or call 617-635-4505.

Best Wishes to all!