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 – 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.

2020 Contest Winners!

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Recent Entries

Urban Oasis by “Mark Cummings”

Garden description: Many Perennials added over 13 years. Add Annuals to fill every blank spot. A condensed garden of suprise. All plants have to be Sun lovers. Many plantings to encourage a visit from Monarch Butterflies. Enjoying the return of a...

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...

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....

Burrows Run Farm by “Lloyd and Jeff”

Garden description: A naturalistic and native garden built around old stone barn foundations with many trees such as Magnolias, Stewartias and Blue Atlas Cedar. Who are the gardeners: Lori Hollis of Cotswold Gardeners and myself. Why do you garden:...

Linda’s Vegetable Garden by “Linda Huerta”

Garden description: My husband built me this beautiful garden space! It’s well protected from the little bunnies that venture into the yard and a large Husky dog that doesn’t understand the word “no”. I’m a novice at gardening, so this is a big...

Tickle Bee Garden by “The Newell Family”

Garden description: As with any garden, ours is continually evolving and has many influences. The starting point for this one was searching for a place to locate apple trees on our small suburban lot. My husband's family has a long-standing...

City Garden Scape by “Sandra Walker”

Garden description: Small city garden with year round interest. Who are the gardeners: I do all the planning and work. Why do you garden: For my enjoyment and entertainment. How has gardening impacted you during this time: It’s an outlet, a...

Browse the 2021 Entries by Category!

Flower Gardens

Vegetable Gardens

Houseplants