Mayor Menino's 2012 Garden Contest Winners
Posted by Hilda M. Morrill
August 22, 2012
Alessandro Ferzoco of Roslindale tied for first place in the Vegetable Garden category in Mayor Menino's 2012 Garden Contest. He is pictured here after harvesting tomatoes and pea pods from his garden. (Photo courtesy of The Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.)
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of Mayor Menino's 2012 Garden Contest.
Launched 16 years ago as part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's citywide beautification initiative, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston's neighborhoods.
First place winners in ten categories will receive the "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Menino and prize packages from the Parks Department, the Boston Flower & Garden Show, Boston Organics, Comcast, Mahoney's Garden Centers of Brighton, Metro Credit Union, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in the Public Garden.
All first, second, and third-place winners in this year's Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of a trip for four to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in spring 2013 in Orlando, Florida. The trip includes airfare and a three-night stay with admission to the Epcot Theme Park, which hosts the International Flower & Garden Festival each year.
Beginning this year, the Garden Contest features a Hall of Fame to honor those participants who have won three or more times in the last ten years and they will also be recognized at the awards ceremony. Starting in 2013, the Hall of Fame members will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.
For a complete list of the 2012 winners, visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/news/default.aspx?id=5745.