Our 2nd Annual Bedford Park Garden Contest

Home is more important than ever these days, and in this year of on-again/off-again lockdowns, being able to finally get back outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air is particularly needed!

Thankfully, sharing our garden is something we can all do safely with social distancing while celebrating some community life together. Please join us for the 2021 Bedford Park Garden Contest.

Enrollment must be received by June 20, 2021.

The contest is open to all Bedford Park residents who are paying members of BPRO. If you’re not yet a paying member (or haven’t renewed yet), our fees are kept deliberately low at $40 per household for adults, $20 per household for seniors.

To enter, simply email us at info@bprotoronto.ca with your name, address and phone number. We’ll just judge your front yard unless you specifically give us permission to come into your back garden.  Once we have all the entries, we’ll tuck a small, attractive sign among your plants so that passersby know you’ve entered.

Last year’s winner, Tony Bessell of Fairlawn Avenue. Photo: Michelle Moore.


Judging Criteria

Gardens must be planted and maintained by their owners (not professional landscapers). The judges will be looking for:

Overall impression – is there an intention for the garden (flowers, pollinator, vegetable, etc.); if the front and back garden are both entered, then how do the two gardens flow together to contrast or complement each other.

Content – are there plants that offer interest through the season; are additional features like water, art or rock incorporated into the garden design.

Diversity and sustainability – is there diversity in the types of plantings; are eco-friendly practices in place to nourish growth from the ground up (compost, rain barrels, bee houses, bird baths etc.); does the space creatively accommodate a diversity of uses (play, cook, eat, lounge).

A panel of three judges working with a Certified Master Gardener from the University of Guelph program will view the gardens twice—once at the end of June and again at the beginning of September. (They may also choose to visit mid-season.) Judges will observe physical distancing precautions, and you don’t even have to be home when the judges come around.

Winners will be announced following the judges final visit in September.

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Many thanks to our 2021 sponsors Frechette Lawncare (www.frechettelawncare.com), who have donated a gift basket valued at $250, and Re/Max Sales Representative Ruth Halperin (www.ruthhalperin.com), who has donated a cash prize of $150.