Mayor Michelle Wu recently announced the winners of the 27th annual Mayor’s Garden Contest with a grand prize provided by JetBlue, prize packages donated by Mahoney’s Garden Centers, and additional support from in-kind sponsor Polar Beverages.
The Mayor’s Garden Contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.
First place winners received the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Wu in a ceremony held August 21 in the Boston Public Garden while second and third place winners were awarded certificates.
Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last ten years were automatically entered into the Hall of Fame. These distinguished Hall-of-Famers are no longer eligible to enter as contestants but are invited to return as judges.
First place winners were also entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for two to any nonstop destination from Boston. In addition, Mahoney’s Garden Centers provided gardener’s gift certificates to the top three winners in each category, as well as gift certificates for the 2023 Hall of Fame winners and judges.
Local winners include:
Small Yard Garden
1. Julia Fairclough – Roslindale
2. Blair Campbell – Dorchester
3. John Carroll – Jamaica Plain
Medium Yard Garden
1. Sandra Jordan and Robert
Monahan – Jamaica Plain
2. Jessica von Ammon – Roxbury
3. Matthew Delisle –
Large Yard Garden
1. Rick Malkasian – Fenway-
2. Kevin McKenna – Roslindale
3. Joe Fallon & Whit Hendon –
Storefront, Organization, or Main Street District Garden
1. Gardening Enthusiasts at
Primus – Beacon Hill
2. Hancock Garden Club (under the leadership of Anne Sheetz and Gillian Gattie) – Beacon Hill
3. Comfort Kitchen
(Chitz Regmi) – Dorchester
Porch Balcony or Container Garden Category
1. Salil Sharma – South End
2. Alex & Stephanie Tsalagas – South End
3. Kolea Zimmerman –
1. Joe and Dolores Fazio – Fenway-Kenmore Victory Gardens
2. Kristen L. Corman – Fenway-Kenmore Victory Gardens
3. Laura Poulin & Brian Harty – Fenway-Kenmore Victory