For the last 16 years, the Boston Garden Contest, part of a citywide beautification initiative, has recognized amateur gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees and shrubs.
First place winners in 10 categories receive the "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Menino as well as various prizes. This year, Roslindale Village won in the Main Street Storefront Garden category. In addition, in the Shade Garden category, Roslindale resident Diane Carter Duggan won first place while Timothy Kinte Smith, also from Roslindale, came in second.
“Boston's gardeners work long and hard to beautify their homes, businesses, and neighborhoods," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in a statement. "This contest recognizes and honors these green thumbs who are helping to improve our city with their talents."
The winners will receive their awards in a live televised ceremony on August 28 at the Public Garden at 5:15 pm. The event is open to the public.
A new Hall of Fame was created this year to honor participants that have won three or more times in the last 10 years.