Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced the winners of his annual city-wide Garden Contest and will soon bestow “Golden Trowel” awards and other prizes at an upcoming ceremony.
Launched 17 years ago as part of a beautification initiative, the Mayor’s Garden Contest, sponsored this year by Comcast, recognizes gardeners “who have helped beautify” city neighborhoods by landscaping and planting flowers, trees, and shrubs, officials said.
At a ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 13, in the Public Garden, first place winners will receive a “Golden Trowel” award from Menino and prize packages from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Comcast, Mahoney’s Garden Centers, Design New England Magazine, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and other contest partners, officials said. If there is inclement weather, Suffolk University will provide an alternate, nearby location for the ceremony.
Garden Contest finalists will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue grand prize for roundtrip flights for four people to any of the airline’s nonstop destinations from Boston.
For the first time in the contest’s history, city’s parks department commissioner will present a special Community Beautification Service Award.
The recipient of the new honor, The Friends of East Boston Greenway, was chosen for its “far-reaching gardening efforts in East Boston including the planting of 75 trees along the Greenway, 10,000 day lilies, and 1,500 tulips and daffodils,” city officials said.
Contest winners were picked by a team of judges who viewed the finalists’ gardens over a two-day period. Judges included members of the Boston Department Garden Contest Hall of Fame, AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa, Boston Elderly Affairs Commissioner Emily Shea, Boston Parks and Recreation Department staff, and members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Small Yard Garden
First Place - Lyle, Kara, and Lily Bradley, East Boston
Second Place - Frank and Ann Garibaldi, Hyde Park
Third Place - Elizabeth Mullaney, Dorchester
Medium Yard Garden
First Place - Alex Galan, Dorchester
Second Place - David Connolly, East Boston
Third Place - William Ryan, Dorchester
Large Yard Garden
First Place (tie) - Marie Esposito, Roslindale; Myrna Balk, Jamaica Plain
Second Place - Theresa Pope, Jamaica Plain
Third Place - Sarah Salerno Thomas, Hyde Park
Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden
First Place - Kimberly Roberts, East Boston
Second Place - Debbie Lingos, Back Bay
Third Place - Dale Malone and Mark Landin, Dorchester
First Place - Robert Fettig, Jamaica Plain
Second Place - Sheryl White, Roslindale
Third Place - Melissa, Todd, and Joey Cartwright, Allston
Vegetable or Herb Garden
First Place - Joseph DeLuca, Hyde Park
Second Place - Doris Burford, Jamaica Plain
Third Place - The Boston Home, Inc., Dorchester
First Place - Dorothy Derifield, Roslindale
Second Place - Gerald Brown, Dorchester
Third Place - Adele Rothman, Hyde Park
Storefront, Business or Organization Garden
First Place - Allan Ramdial, D Coal Pot, Hyde Park
Second Place - Jeffrey Conrad, Fisher College, Back Bay
Third Place - Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury
First Place - Marie Fukuda and Tim Horn, Fenway Garden Society
Second Place - John Marino and Tim Haynes, South End
Third Place (tie) - Michael Reynolds, Berkeley Community Garden, South End; Susan Prainger, Granada Park Garden, Jamaica Plain