2021
Virtual
Garden Contest

2021
Virtual
Garden Contest

2021
Virtual
Garden Contest

2021
Virtual
Garden Contest

2021
Virtual
Garden Contest

Entry Form

Rules

Flower Gardens

Vegetable Gardens

Houseplants

The 2021 Contest will be open for submissions starting on May 3, 2021

During this time of social distancing, people are turning to nature to inspire and heal. Celebrate these spaces for healing and transformation with us.

Gateway Garden Center

The Delaware Center for Horticulture in partnership with our lead sponsor Gateway Garden Center invite you to enter our Virtual Garden Contest. During this time of social distancing, people are turning to nature and gardening for inspiration and healing. Many people are starting their own Victory Gardens growing vegetables and herbs, while others are spending more time outdoors tending to their spring flowers. Even those with no outdoor space have created their own indoor oasis with an array of house plants. We want to celebrate these spaces for healing and transformation, and so we encourage individuals, families with or without children, and businesses to enter for a chance to win. The contest includes three categories to choose from – flower garden, vegetable garden, and house plants. Show us how you make your garden grow!

If you like the Virtual Garden Contest, and want to support our neighborhood greening work and environmental education programming for all ages, please consider becoming a member of DCH today. Your membership shows your support for the environmental movement, and sustains DCH’s urban agriculture, urban forestry, and public landscape programs.

Rules and Judging Criteria

Everyone is eligible to enter! Entry to the contest is free. Only one entry form per household or business is allowed. Entries will be accepted from May 3, 2021 to August 2, 2021. All entries will be posted on our website for everyone to enjoy.
Contestants enter by submitting this online form. We must receive a completed form and exactly five (5) photos for your entry to be considered. Additional photo information is included on the form.
Judging will take place in August. The judging team will be Gateway Garden Center employees. Judging criteria, which can be found on the forms below, varies for each garden category. Childrens’ gardens (12 and under) will be judged in separate groups per category.

Judging Form 2021 – Flower Gardens

Judging Form 2021 – Vegetable Gardens

Judging Form 2021 – Houseplants

Each entry will be reviewed by the judges and given points accordingly. The top three gardens with the most points in each category wins!
Prizes will be awarded in September and include a free Household membership to DCH, a popular gardening book, and a certificate of achievement.
All Virtual Garden Contest entrants must agree to our photography release statement on the submission form. This will allow us to post your lovely photographs on our website, on our social media channels, and in future printed materials. Your contact information is solely for internal use and will not be shared nor sold at any point.

2020 Contest Winners!

In The Garden with Gail by “Gail Hermenau”

Vegetable Gardens - 2nd Place (tie) Garden description: My small but intensive vegetable garden includes a variety of seasonal vegetables from spring through fall. I grow everything using organic methods and compost all of the plant material...

Half Acre Garden by “John & Shannon”

Vegetable Gardens - 2nd Place (tie) Garden description: The main garden is a 600 sq ft rectangular fenced area. The “fence” is wire poultry netting that is attached to a post and beam skeleton of burned timbers. The wire fence is buried 8” below...

Our Fairfield Garden by “Barb Rosen”

Flower Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: Our Fairfield Garden has just turned twelve years old. When we first moved to this 60+ year old home there were only large pines, a Zelkova tree, some shrubs and masses of pachysandra and English Ivy....

Green Grove by “Gigi”

Houseplants - 1st Place Garden description: Growing House plants is the closest way to bring home a feel of living with nature. In my tiny apartment, I've tried to make sure I see a little bit of green anywhere I look - from the kitchen to the...

Shepherd’s Community Garden by “Good Shepherd Lutheran Church”

Vegetable Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: We are a faith based community garden. We have 7 large raised beds that all produce goes to St Stephen's Food Pantry in Wilmington. We have 30 community garden plots that are rented out to the...

Small Wonder Urban Garden by “Eric & Jason Hoover”

Flower Gardens - 2nd Place Garden description: Five years ago, Small Wonder Urban Garden was created under the idea that a large impact can be achieved even in a small urban space. It was built as an oasis for pollinators and humans in the center...

Rock Garden Sanctuary by “Jane Brooks”

Flower Gardens - 3rd Place Garden description: We built the garden on a hillside, making 3 levels using New York blue granite rocks. It was done in June 2018. We then added two magnolia trees, two red buds, several hydranga and three cryptomeria...

Recent Entries

Exuberant City Front by “Near Rockwood”

Garden description: South facing slight slope of perennials with blue and pink purples contrasting with oranges in the strong sun. The growing proportion of native plantings have also noticeably increased birds, bees and butterflies. Who are the...

Color Pop! by “Mary Jo Brockel”

Garden description: Our front garden beds are crowded with bright crayon box colors and lots of textures. Many shades of green in the foliage provide a cool background for a variety of burgeoning blooms! Who are the gardeners: My husband Steve and...

Breezeway Vistas by “Faith B. Kuehn”

Garden description: A breezeway sits between our house and garage, connecting the front and back yards. From there you can view both gardens. It is a calm and convenient place to sit and read or have a little party. When we moved in this house 9...

In The Garden with Gail by “Gail Hermenau”

Vegetable Gardens - 2nd Place (tie) Garden description: My small but intensive vegetable garden includes a variety of seasonal vegetables from spring through fall. I grow everything using organic methods and compost all of the plant material...

Our Garden Sanctuary by “Dorothy and Tom”

Garden description: Our garden is primarily a shade garden though we do have some sunny areas. We created our woodland garden to be more naturalistic with lots of paths for our grandkids to race on. This area is not formally mulched, and rarely...

Pots to Pollinators by “Pots to Pollinators”

Garden description: I garden a typical 1/4 acre suburban development lot where I have lived for over 30 years. I have a vegetable garden, flower beds, a lot of potted flowers, and a new pollinator garden in the curbside lawn "hell strip" between...

Our Fairfield Garden by “Barb Rosen”

Flower Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: Our Fairfield Garden has just turned twelve years old. When we first moved to this 60+ year old home there were only large pines, a Zelkova tree, some shrubs and masses of pachysandra and English Ivy....

Browse the 2021 Entries by Category!

Flower Gardens

Vegetable Gardens

Houseplants