July 11 Deadline Set for Mayor’s Garden Contest

Mayor Martin J. Walsh reminds Boston’s green thumbs that they have until Friday, July 11, to register for Mayor Walsh’s 2014 Garden Contest, presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue.

Now in its 18th 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 nomination forms at www.cityofboston.gov/parks/gardencontest.

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.

All finalists in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for four to any nonstop destination from Boston. Terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply.

Gardeners who have won three or more times in the past 10 years will be automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony in late August. 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 www.cityofboston.gov/parks/gardencontest or pick up entry forms at Boston City Hall, Boston Community Centers and Boston Public Library branches. For more information, call 617-961-3051.

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