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Boston welcomes inductees into Mayor Menino's Garden Contest Hall of Fame

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 5, 2012 03:12 PM

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A special breed of Boston residents and their green thumbs will live on in city history after the Boston Parks and Recreation Department recently announced the inductees into the Hall of Fame of Mayor Menino’s Garden Contest.

The newly formed category honors participants who have placed three or more times in the contest that was created 16 years ago to help beautify the city and to recognize citizens committed to a greener community.

The inductees were celebrated at a ceremony Aug. 28 in the Boston Public Garden, along with the winners of this year’s contest.

The majority of Boston neighborhoods were represented in the Hall of Fame, with gardeners from Mattapan to Allston celebrated for their skills.

David Carlson, Johnson Chan, Peter Dutchka, and Kim Reiser represented Allston-Brighton in the Hall of Fame and Domenic Accetta, Edward DeBortoli, Ric Thomas and the restaurant 224 Boston stole the show for Dorchester.

Hall of Fame inductees from Roslindale include Richard Duggan, Alessandro Ferzoco and Tess Monaghan along with Boston proper residents Carole Holladay, John Quirk, and William St. George.

Hyde Park was also represented in the Hall of Fame by Philip Alosi, Ray Chisholm and Kathey Randolph.

Kim Napoli and Rodney Singleton of Roxbury also made sure their neighborhood wasn’t forgotten and South Boston residents William Gleason and John Baker also pulled off another win.

The South End inductees include Jim Hood and Marlene Karas, and West Roxbury is represented by Tom Mahoney and Eugene Tinory.

Nadine Firth of Charlestown, Brian McEachern of East Boston, Tom Davey of Jamaica Plain also represented their neighborhoods in the Hall of Fame, but it was Cathie and James Claiborne of Mattapan that were crowned the all-time Garden Contest champions with seven wins.

To find out more about the contest, how to get involved or who has the best garden in your neighborhood, click here.

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