Streetscape Mississauga is Mississauga's first, annual, city-wide garden and beautification contest for residents and small businesses.
Established as a working partnership between the City of Mississauga and the city's four horticultural societies, Streetscape was introduced in 2009, as a component of Mississauga In Bloom, and is now an independent program. Created and delivered entirely by volunteers, with City staff support, the contest has been an unqualified success, with new classes and new features added each year. 2012 marked the introduction of a residential class for alternative gardens and a brand new contest for small businesses.
The contest is designed to encourage beautification and conservation, raise public awareness of innovative and ecofriendly gardening practices and to recognize those residents and businesses who, through their efforts, contribute to a greener and more livable community.
Streetscape continues to work towards creating an environmentally responsible and more beautiful city; supporting the ideals, expressed by thousands of residents, that shape Mississauga's Living Green Master Plan.
This year's contest was a challenge. The rain produced unbelievably lush gardens, but the heat brought plants into bloom earlier and for a shorter time. The winners faced some stiff competition and well and truly deserved their awards.
The winners of our three new awards are:
Garden of the Year award, chosen from the first place winners in all classes, was awarded to: Liz Malicki: 858 Bexhill Road
Best Display of Colour award, chosen from all entries, was awarded to: Laura Heaslip: 14 Joseph Street
The Glorious Gardens Golden Gnome Award, recognizing the City ward with the most winning gardens, was won by: Ward 1, Councillor Jim Tovey
See all of the Steetscape 2013 winners & their gardens:
Mississauga News "Gardener's garden" wins best in city award
By: Chris Clay September 10, 2013
MISSISSAUGA - Lorne Park's Liz Malicki wasn't going to enter this year's Streetscape Mississauga garden contest, but she had a last-minute change of heart due to some prodding from a friend.
It turned out to be a shrewd move... Read more
...as Malicki, who lives at 858 Bexhill Rd., took home the coveted Garden of the Year Award last night during a special presentation at City Hall for the winners of the fifth annual Glorious Gardens contest.
"It's been a really wonderful ride," said Malicki, who came in second in the Traditional Large Garden category in 2011 before winning first place in the category and top garden in this year's contest. "I decided I'd been working on it diligently for the past two years so it was time to enter it again."
While most of the winners were announced last month, all of the gardeners were kept in the dark as to who would receive three previously unrevealed awards - Garden of the Year, Best Display of Colour and the Glorious Gardens Golden Gnome.
Maureen Ricker, co-chair of the contest with her husband Roger, called Malicki's entry a "real gardener's garden".
"When you step into this garden, you feel the love right away," said Ricker.
Malicki, who belongs to the Cloverleaf Garden Club, said she spends about five to six hours each week keeping her garden in tip-top shape and had a vision to make it a woodland garden specializing in rhododendrons and companion plants.
Asked about her secret, she had a few tips for gardeners looking to take theirs to the next level. A deep love of horticulture helps, she said, while having the guts to be creative to bring that wow factor and educating yourself will make a big difference.
Count Mayor Hazel McCallion as one of those who will take her advice.
"I have a garden and I wish it could be like some of these winners," said McCallion. "I'm going to visit some of the gardens to get ideas for mine."
Laura Heaslip, who took first place in the Traditional Small Garden category, also received the Best Display of Colour Award for her garden at 14 Joseph St. near Streetsville.
"Most of her colour comes from shrubs but it's so vibrant and you see it as soon as you turn onto the street," said Ricker.
Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey accepted the Glorious Gardens Golden Gnome Award on behalf of his ward (the award goes to the ward with the most winning entries). Tovey credited all the gardeners and gardening clubs for keeping his ward awash in beauty. To view the original article on Mississauga.com, click here.
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Streetscape offers two contests, one for residents and one for small businesses. For the Contest Overview, Entry Form and full contest details, please click on the contest you wish to enter: