The 12th Annual Great Gardens Contest

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden are sponsoring the 12th annual Great Gardens Contest for gardeners living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

There are three judging periods:

  • Early summer -- entry deadline is June 21.
  • Mid-summer -- entry deadline is July 19.
  • Early fall/year-round -- entry deadline is Sept. 6.

There are three categories of competition:

  • Small - gardens of 2,000 square feet or less
  • Medium - between 2,000 square feet and a quarter acre
  • Large - gardens larger than a quarter acre

Entrants can make use of professionals in design or maintenance of the garden. Grand prizes will be awarded in each category.

Entries must be submitted online at http://biz.post-gazette.com/gardencontest/. No mailed entries will be accepted. The online form will allow you to upload up to 10 photos of your garden. Please include the names of the most prominent plants in each photo with your essay (captions do not count against the 250-word limit). If there is a problem uploading photos, email them to kkirkland@post-gazette.com and submit the online entry form without them.

In 250 words or less, describe why you think your garden is great. Consider factors such as how well you’ve used the available space, your plant selection, creative solutions for problem areas, your gardening experience and some of your goals for the garden. Include any other information you think is important for judges to know. Please include at the top of your essay which category, Small, Medium or Large, you are entering.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on the deadline day. Finalists may be contacted by judges and their gardens visited at any time before the entry deadline or within 30 days after the entry deadline.

Prizes

Winners will receive a one-year membership to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and two tickets per winner to next year’s Botanic Garden annual tour.

QUESTIONS, comments or concerns can be directed to PG Garden Editor Susan Banks (412-263-1516 or sbanks@post-gazette.com) or Homes Editor Kevin Kirkland (412-263-1978 or kkirkland@post-gazette.com ).

Full contest rules are available here.

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