Win the ‘Golden Trowel’ in Boston’s 2018 Garden Contes​t​! Apply Today or Refer a Friend

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The city is alerting Boston’s green thumbs that they have until July 11 to register for the 2018 Mayor’s Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department with a grand prize provided by JetBlue.

The community garden at Merriam and Minton streets, Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Now in its 22nd year, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.

Gardeners or those nominating their favorite gardeners may find printable and online nomination forms at First place winners will receive the coveted “Golden Trowel” award from Mayor Marty Walsh and prize packages from the Parks Department, Mahoney’s Garden Centers, and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Boston Public Garden presented with support from Polar Beverages.

First place winners in this year’s Garden Contest will also be entered into a drawing for a JetBlue Grand Prize consisting of roundtrip flights for two to any nonstop destination from Boston (terms, conditions, and blackout dates apply).

Gardeners who have won three or more times in the last 10 years will be automatically entered into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized at the awards ceremony in late August. These distinguished Hall of Famers will be ineligible to enter as contestants but are welcome to return as judges.

To enter the contest, apply online at or pick up entry forms at Boston City Hall, Boston Community Centers, and Boston Public Library branches. For more information please call 617-961-3047.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department submitted this article to Jamaica Plain News.