"There are always flowers for those who want to see
them." ~ Henri Matisse
This year there are two more prizes to be won as we are pleased to introduce:
The "Garden of the Year" award. This award will be given annually to the garden
that deserves the designation of the best overall garden for that year. Winners will be
chosen from first place winners in all classes. The winners will receive a special award
from our sponsor, in addition to their first place winnings, and a gold commemorative
The "Best Display of Colour" award. This award will be given annually to the
garden with the best colour display. Winners will be chosen from all contest entries that
have not won another prize. The award is designed to appeal to novice gardeners (who often
start their first garden with annuals) and gardeners who just love to be surrounded by colour.
Gardens may contain only annuals or perennials, or any mix of both. The winners will receive a
$100 gift card, a commemorative plaque, and a one-year membership to one of the city's four
A new contest format
We have been hearing from garden owners, with potentially winning gardens, that they have
been deterred from entering because of the long contest judging period (up to six weeks), and
that it is too demanding to maintain their gardens in tip-top shape.
Well, we've been listening. This year we are test-driving a new contest format which will
allow us to complete all judging in four weeks, with all gardens being judged twice, by two
different teams, prior to the final judging.
The contest will now span the month of July only, so we look forward to receiving entries
from all you reluctant entrants. No more excuses!
A Modified Alternative Gardens class
As we judged our first Alternative Gardens entries last year, it became apparent that,
regardless of the type of garden the entrant had submitted, all of the gardens contained
features from other types, creating hybrids, which made it trickier to judge.
This year, we are trying to make things simpler for entrants and judges.
First, there is a name change the Alternative Gardens class will now become the
Ecogardens class to clarify what this class is about.
We have also changed the entry process to reflect the fact that most ecogardens are not
specifically one type, but "borrow" features from other types, resulting in hybrids.
You will now have the opportunity, when entering, to choose one of four single types or select
the hybrid option if you think that your garden has features from multiple types.
Before entering, please read "Alternative Gardens to Ecogardens."
A new rule for townhouse entries
From 2013 forward, if there are fewer than five Townhouse entries, they will be reclassified
and judged with the Small Gardens class.
The change has been implemented to ensure that judging is fair to everyone. The chance of
winning from a small number of entries is much greater, and disproportionate to choosing three
winners from a much larger group of entries.
However, if more than five Townhouse entries are received, they will continue to be judged
as a separate class.
Streetscape goes paperless!
Well, almost. With consideration for resource conservation, and the fact that 98% of entries
are submitted online, we have decided to eliminate our widespread distribution of brochures. A
small supply will be printed for displays and events, but will not be widely available.
However, if you know of a potential entrant without computer access, please assure them that
a hard copy entry package can still be obtained by calling 311.
City of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario Canada L5B 3C1