All photos courtesy of Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Have you noticed the remarkably bright and beautifully gardens along the streets of Boston lately? Then you’ve probably passed one of the more than 130 private residences entered in the 2013 Mayor’s Garden Contest. The annual competition, which is celebrating its 17th year, awards those who have gardened and landscaped to help beautify Boston’s neighborhoods. First place winners in nine categories received the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Thomas M. Menino at a recent reception at Suffolk University.
For the first time, the Boston Parks & Recreation Commissioner Antonia Pollak also
presented the Community Beautification Service Award, which went to The Friends of East Boston Greenway, whose efforts this season included planting 75 trees, 10,000 day lilies, and 1,500 tulips and daffodils.
The judges for the contest were Boston Elderly Affairs Commissioner Emily Shea, AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa, select members of the Boston Department Garden Contest Hall of Fame, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department staff, and members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
And the winners are . . .
Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden
First Place (pictured above) – Kimberly Roberts, East Boston
Second Place – Debbie Lingos, Back Bay
Third Place – Dale Malone and Mark Landin, Dorchester
Storefront, Business or Organization Garden
First Place (pictured) – Allan Ramdial, D Coal Pot, Hyde Park
Second Place – Jeffrey Conrad, Fisher College, Back Bay
Third Place – Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury, West Roxbury
First Place (pictured) – 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