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What's New for 2013? Alternative Gardens to Ecogardens Dos and Don'ts of a Winning Garden
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Open to all eligible residents, Streetscape focuses on front gardens only. Entering your garden is a wonderful opportunity to share your enthusiasm, expertise and personal gardening style, and to encourage others to beautify their own little corner of the neighbourhood. You don't have to be an expert to enter; all experience levels are welcome, from the beginner to the seasoned gardener.

The contest runs throughout July and gardens are judged by volunteers from local horticultural societies and the city's horticultural community. There are four classes for residential entries - traditional large, small, and townhouse gardens, and alternative gardens, with prizes awarded to the top three gardens in each class.

Your garden may be a dazzling display of colour or a shady green retreat - both have their own unique magic. Whatever inspires you - a passion for perennials, a fancy for ferns, or simply a desire to beautify your surroundings, we want to see your creative spark expressed in your garden. Above all, we want you to show us your love of gardening!

Questions should be emailed to: streetscape.mississauga@mississauga.ca, and clearly marked "Streetscape Residential Contest."

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 Contest Dates - 2013

The 2013 contest dates are as follows:

Entry period: Monday, May 13 - Sunday, June 16, 2013

Start of judging: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

End of judging: Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Winners to be notified by: Thursday August 15, 2013

The Entry Form will go live on Monday, May 13, 2013

Good luck in the contest!


 Prizes

First, second and third prizes will be awarded to the top three gardens in each class.

1st. prize: $200 gift card

2nd. prize: $100 gift card

3rd. prize: $75 gift card

Winners will also receive one year's free membership in one of the city's horticultural societies, a commemorative garden plaque and - of course - neighbourhood bragging rights.

All gift cards are provided by Toemar Garden Supplies and Firewood.

New This Year! Two special prizes will be awarded:

  • The "Best Display of Colour" Award (sponsored by Springbank Greenhouses)
    Will be chosen from all non-winning gardens in all classes. Winners will receive a $100 gift card and a commemorative plaque.
  • The "Garden of the Year" Award (sponsored by Toemar Garden Supplies and Firewood)
    Will be chosen from the year's first place winning gardens in all classes. Winners will receive a special prize from our sponsor and a gold commemorative plaque.
Except for the "Garden of the Year" winners*, all winners will be notified by August 15, 2013 and will be invited to receive their awards at the Streetscape Awards Event on Monday, September 9, 2013.
*The winners of the "Garden of the Year" award will be announced at the Awards Event.


 What We Are Looking For

Traditional Gardens will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Visual Appeal: The overall visual impact; a pleasing sense of harmony of scale, colour and texture.

Overall Design: A good use of space; design co-ordination between plantings and other elements.

General Maintenance: The quality of care in pruning and weed and disease control; evidence of environmental practices e.g. mulching; buildings and structures attractive and in good repair.

Originality: The WOW factor; creative use of special features such as ponds, rockeries etc.; unique styles such as theme gardens.

 

Alternative / Ecogardens will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Visual Appeal: The WOW factor; a pleasing sense of harmony; interesting plant combinations; good scale, balance and flow.

Overall Design: A good use of space; plantings appropriate to location; design co-ordination between plantings and other elements.

General Maintenance: Plants healthy and attractive; quality of care in pruning and weed and disease control; buildings and structures attractive and in good repair.

Environmental Factors Evidence of environmental practices; presence of features specific to garden type; level of achievement in meeting defined standards.


 What's New for 2013?


 Alternative Gardens to Ecogardens


 The Do's and Don'ts of a Winning Garden


 Contest FAQs


 Residential Contest Rules

Please note that there are two sets of contest rules:

  • The Quick and Easy Contest Rules are shown below.
  • The Complete Contest Rules and Regulations can be accessed though the link below.

Quick and Easy Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to all Mississauga residents, with the exception of:
    • Last year's first prize winners
    • City of Mississauga employees and members of their households
    • Anyone directly involved in creating, delivering and/or judging the contest
  • Residents must submit their own entries. Third party nominations will not be accepted
  • Entries must be received by Sunday, June 16, 2013
  • Late and incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  • Front gardens ONLY will be judged, with as much of the side garden as is visible from the street.
  • Judging will be in four classes:
  • Measurements are from lot line to lot line

    Traditional large gardens: frontage 51 ft. (15.5 metres) or larger

    Traditional small gardens: frontage 50 ft. (15.2 metres) or smaller

    Traditional townhouse gardens: any size

    Ecogardens gardens: any size

  • Gardens may be entered in only one class. Judges reserve the right to reclassify a garden, if necessary.
  • A points penalty will be imposed for use of artificial plant materials in any area of the garden. An artificial door wreath is acceptable.
  • Gardens planted by the owner/resident must have been maintained by the resident for at least one year (12 consecutive months) prior to the contest, with the exception of lawn care professionals.

    Note: The exceptions to the above rule are edible gardens (Alternative Gardens class) which may be entered with the current year's crop.
  • Professionally planted gardens must have been maintained by the resident for at least two years (24 consecutive months) prior to the contest, with the exception of lawn care professionals
  • Judging will begin on Tuesday July 2, 2013. No advance notice will be given of specific judging times.
  • Entrants must not be present in their gardens while judging is taking place.
  • The decision of the judges is FINAL.
  • Streetscape Mississauga reserves the right to withhold any award if, in the judges' opinion, it is not merited.
  • If townhouse entries are fewer than five, they will be judged with the Small Gardens class.
  • By entering this contest, residents agree to allow judges to walk through their gardens for the purpose of judging.
  • All gardens and personal property therein shall be displayed at the risk of the entrant. The City of Mississauga or its designates shall not be held liable for any loss or damage from any cause whatsoever.
  • Names and addresses of winners, and any photos taken of winning gardens shall remain the property of the City of Mississauga and may be published as necessary for promotional and awards purposes.

Complete Contest Rules and Regulations

Click to view: The Complete Contest Rules and Regulations


 How To Enter / Entry Form

Because of the changes to the Alternative Gardens Class this year, we recommend that entrants review "Alternative Gardens to Ecogardens" and "What's New for 2013?" sections before completing the Entry Form.

Please also remember the following:

  • Read the contest rules carefully
  • You must complete all sections of the Entry Form
  • You may enter your garden in one class only
  • Make sure we receive your entry by the entry closing date
  • Don't send us any additional information
  • If you have questions, check the website first - it's designed to help you
  • Remember we're only a phone call or email away!

Tel. # City of Mississauga General Inquiries - 311

Email: streetscape.mississauga@mississauga.ca

Please note that the deadline for entering the 2013 Residential Contest has passed.



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 Program Sponsors

Streetscape Mississauga is pleased to recognize the sponsors of our 2013 "Glorious Gardens" contest.

Title Sponsor: Toemar Garden Supplies and Firewood
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Prize Sponsor: Springbank Greenhouses

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Thank you for your generous contribution to the ongoing success of our garden and beautification program for the residents and businesses of Mississauga.

To learn more about our sponsors, click on the links below:

Toemar Garden Supplies

Springbank Greenhouses


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