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Mayor's Garden Contest 2024


Apr 23 - Jul 10

At your own pace


Not required


Calling all gardeners!! Enter to win two-round trip tickets from Jet Blue.

This urban garden celebration is part of the city's initiative to beautify Boston. It includes porch gardens, balcony gardens, community gardens, and more. The city is often impressed with gardeners who creatively use their land and/or resources to magically transform their spaces (big and small) despite the city's fluctuating weather conditions. Past winners have used compost, rain buckets, herbs, veggies, perennials, annuals, and other pollinating plants.

Contest Timeline

  • Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.)

  • Finalist notification: Thursday, July 18, 2024

  • Judges visit gardens: Week of July 22, 2024

  • Awards ceremony: mid-August

Below is a video featuring some of the gorgeous photos. You'll see a homemade green house, repurposed paver stones, koi ponds, fountains, container gardens, and other peaceful and well-maintained greenery across neighborhoods.

During the ceremony, awards are presented to 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners of the nine garden categories. They receive a garden-themed plaque for 1st place and framed certificates for runner ups. Winners also take photos with the Mayor and Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space. The grand prize winner is selected by putting all 1st place winners in a container, while the mayor randomly chooses a name. In the end, this garden contest is a cool experience for families interested in horticulture.

We also created a list of kid-friendly competitions we think all Boston moms should know about. You can check them out here.

Books You May Love...

The following stories are geared towards younger readers and families who love picture books.

Gabi's If/Then Garden
A Garden in My Hands
Tiana's Garden Grows (Disney Princess) (Step into Reading)
My Garden (My World in 100 Words)

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