This year we celebrate City Gardens with a self-guided tour of 10 stunning gardens, many of which have won in previous year’s City Gardens Contest.


The City Gardens Contest will return in 2016.


Wilmington City Gardens Tour

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday June 13, 2015



City Gardens Tour Preview Party

5:30 – 7:30 Thursday June 11, 2015 (rain date June 12th)


Join us for a preview and garden party of one of 10 gardens on tour this weekend.  Surrounded by beds filled with colorful displays, and an impressive vegetable garden, we’ll feast on 3 courses of delicious food and drinks. Space is limited, register early. Location and directions will be sent a week before event.


The City Gardens Contest is a chance for everyone – experienced gardeners and weekend warriors alike – to peek into the beautiful and igneous green spaces of city dwellers. Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony in July. The categories for this FREE event include: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Entrance/Container Gardens, New, Blocks, and Community Gardens. Last year, more than 60 proud homeowners and businesses spiffed up their green spaces to share with hundreds of guests.



There are lots of ways to get involved: Enter your garden, be a judge, photograph the gardens, sponsor the tour, or be a guest of the tour. Read on for more details!   


ENTER: Live in the city and have a garden? Then sign up as an entrant!  There are many categories to choose from.  Judges will visit your garden on Saturday morning June 18, 2016 sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sharing your garden with fellow enthusiasts is fun and educational.  Click here to enter the contest.



JUDGE: Are you a garden expert, or just love to visit great gardens? Then sign up to be a judge!  As a judge, you’ll visit designated gardens as part of a team and evaluate each green space with specific criteria (information provided on judge’s forms. No prior experience necessary) to select the winning gardens. Judging takes place on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m..  Do it with group of friends, or make new friends as you get up close and personal with some of the most interesting and beautiful gardens in Wilmington. Lunch is provided. Register to judge here!



PHOTOGRAPH: Do you have an eye for taking great photos and love gardens too? Then sign up to photograph the contest gardens! This is a great opportunity to donate your time and skill, or to get more experience.  The photos may be used in the Fall Awards Ceremony slideshow, and in future print and online publications. The photos must be high resolution (not raw), and in digital format. Click here for more information and to sign up.



SPONSOR THE CONTEST: Do you own or work for a company that values a greener community and gives back by supporting community projects in Wilmington?  Your support shows your commitment to the greening and beautification of our city, and it helps provide support for our administrative costs. Your company will have exposure to more than 8,000 people through our E-Newsletter, Facebook, Coming Events brochure, membership and website. Click here for details. Contact Membership Volunteer Coordinator Marcia Stephenson for more information




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