City gardeners have until July 11

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department reminds Boston’s green thumbs that time is running out to enter Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 2014 Garden Contest with a Grand Prize provided by JetBlue. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 11,
Now in its 18th year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.
Gardeners or those nominating their favorite gardeners may find nomination forms at First place winners will receive the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Walsh and prize packages from the Parks Department, Mahoney’s Garden Centers of Brighton, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden.
All winners in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for four to any nonstop destination from Boston. Terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply.
Gardeners who have won three or more times will be automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony in late August. These distinguished Hall-of-Famers will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.
To enter the contest, apply online at or pick up entry forms at Boston City Hall, Boston Community Centers, and Boston Public Library branches. For more information please call (617) 961-3051.

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