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 winners have been chosen! Scroll down to see who won.

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 would like to extend a special thanks to our friends at Gateway Garden Center for helping us judge this year’s contest. The judges were:

Nancy Bell, Garden Coach – Flower                                       

Matt McLean, Vegetable Manager/Buyer – Vegetables          

Clay Stradley, Custom Potting Manager – Houseplants         

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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 31, 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 September. 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 – Flower Gardens

Judging Form – Vegetable Gardens

Judging Form – 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.

2021 Contest Winners!

Flower Garden Winners

 

“City Courtyard” by Loretta Moniz

Flower Gardens - 2nd Place (Tie) Garden description: The 25 x 20 ft paved courtyard behind our twin home in Wilmington incorporates a fertile 3 ft wide border backed by a weather-beaten picket fence on two sides and a contrasting brick wall on the...

“Small but Mighty” by Darlene Scott

Flower Gardens - 3rd Place Garden description: After 27 years of creating gardens on my NJ suburban property I was eager to see what I could create in my Wilmington row house back yard 16' wide by 40' deep that had nothing more than weedy grass....

“Flowers Galore!” by Christine Pochomis

Flower Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: In my early years as a gardener I relied heavily on annuals, but as I became more experienced I began to appreciate the variety of forms and textures many perennials provide. My gardening style is...

“Tropical Deck Garden” by Vernon Chubb

Flower Gardens - 2nd Place (Tie) Garden description: I found myself getting cabin fever from not being able to travel. I decided to try and recreate a sample of some of the tropical regions I had visited while vacationing. Starting with a few...

Houseplant Garden Winners

 

“Donnita’s Sunroom Cozy Reading Nook” by Donnita Scott

Houseplant Gardens - 3rd Place Garden description: I rarely used the sunroom until the pandemic. Gathered my favorite plants around me especially the Christmas cactus I inherited from a neighbor who retired to Montana. It feels like an outdoor...

“Green Grove” by Gigi & Vimal

Houseplant Gardens - 2nd Place (Tie) Garden description: We love nature and house plants help us bring nature home into our living spaces. And we strongly believe that you can never have too many plants πŸ™‚ Who are the gardeners? My husband Vimal...

“Tiny Porch Conservatory” by Eric Hoover, Jason Hoover, and Paul Henry

Houseplant Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: Living in Trolley Square is a lot of fun, but when it comes to gardening it has its challenges. Our cumulative gardening space of front, back, and side yards amount to only 0.02 acres! In order to...

“Indoor Greenery” by Charlie Ingersoll

Houseplant Gardens - 2nd Place (Tie) Garden description: I enjoy having a variety of indoor plants. I tend to "push the limit" in what I try to grow. Begonias are a challenge. I try several orchids. In the winter months is a pleasure to have areas...

Vegetable Garden Winners

 

“Trowel and Error” by Jasmine Kingston

Vegetable Gardens - 2nd Place Garden description: I am a first-time gardener, I purchased a herb kit in 2020 (nothing grew) but decided to keep trying. My second endeavor was trying to grow seeds from grocery store fruit and when I got some of them...

“Hopes Garden” by Jacob Kleinman Phillips

Vegetable Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: A plant sanctuary of relaxation, growth, and beauty. Who are the gardeners? Diane Milowicki Why do you garden? It has become a sanctuary of honey bees and butterflies! How has gardening impacted you...

Recent Entries

“Flowers Galore!” by Christine Pochomis

Flower Gardens - 1st Place Garden description: In my early years as a gardener I relied heavily on annuals, but as I became more experienced I began to appreciate the variety of forms and textures many perennials provide. My gardening style is...

“My Summer Addiction” by Cathy Robbins

Garden description: My garden has been growing/maturing for over 20 years. It is what I do when the stress of real life becomes overwhelming. Around the edge of each bed, I plant veggies! Who are the gardeners? I am the gardener. My husband is the...

“A ‘Knockout Rose’ Garden” by Greg Young

Garden description: Knockout Roses Who are the gardeners: Greg Young and Erin Connelly Why do you garden: For the fresh food for salads and dinners! How has gardening impacted you during this time: It’s been a welcome distraction and something we...

“Green Grove” by Gigi & Vimal

Houseplant Gardens - 2nd Place (Tie) Garden description: We love nature and house plants help us bring nature home into our living spaces. And we strongly believe that you can never have too many plants πŸ™‚ Who are the gardeners? My husband Vimal...

“What Lies Around the Path” by Ann Morrison

Garden description: My garden was created with a winding path which crosses offering different ways to walk the path. It has mixed areas of flowers, edibles and vegetables. The garden has early spring blooming bulb flowers, perennial flowers,...

“Small Garden on a Steep Slope” by Peter Rittenhouse

Garden description: This little garden was created from scratch with the permission of my HOA. It is on a somewhat difficult spot. The space was limited to 30x8'. The slope is back to front and side to side. The area gets limited sun during the...

“Joy Fox’s Garden” by Jennifer Joy Fox

Garden description: My property is certified Bay-Wise. This means that I practice healthy environmental gardening that is good for the environment, specifically the Chesapeake Bay. Who are the gardeners? I am the gardener and also a Maryland Master...

2020 Contest Winners!

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 β€œfence” is wire poultry netting that is attached to a post and beam skeleton of burned timbers. The wire fence is buried 8” below...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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