Wilmington City Gardens Contest & People’s Choice Tour
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday June 21, 2014



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, then vote for favorites online in the People’s Choice awards. Winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony in September. The categories for this FREE event include: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Entrance/Container Gardens, New, Blocks, and Community Gardens. Last year, more than 80 proud homeowners and businesses spiffed up their green spaces to share with hundreds of guests.  Click here to see last year’s winners.


In early June, printed maps for the self-guided tour will be available at TheDCH, area retailers, and an electronic version will be available for download. Click here to see last year’s map.



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 and be on the tour!  If you’ve on the garden fence about entering your green space, take advantage of our free workshop “How to Get Your Garden Ready for the City Gardens Contest.” On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m., learn all the ins and outs of the contest; what category to enter; what the judges look for.  See images of previous awarded gardens, and get tips about designs and plants that can help create a winning garden.  Click here to sign up for the workshop! Or, enter the contest here!


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. This judging is separate from the People’s Choice awards. Official judging takes place on tour day, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10 a.m. – 3 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 free admission and tour maps for visitors as well as support our administrative costs. Your company will have exposure to more than 2,500 individuals through the tour map, 5,000 E-Newsletter subscribers, and patrons who visit more than 150 retail venues where tour posters will be placed in advance of the event. Click here for details. Contact Membership Volunteer Coordinator Marcia Stephenson for more information.



VISIT GARDENS ON TOUR: Do you love to see what others do in their gardens?  Do you need some new ideas?  Do you love to support greening efforts in Wilmington?  Go on the tour and see some of the most interesting and exquisite gardens Wilmington has to offer.  See how gardeners in all kinds of neighborhoods are creating an urban oasis in their own back yards, front yards, and urban niches to make the city a more vibrant, beautiful place to live.  Customize your self guided tour based on your interests: the map lists the gardens by category, including Flower Gardens, Entry/Container Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, and Community Gardens.  Make a day of it with friends, and enjoy discounts at local restaurants on the day of the tour. Maps will be available in June.



Thank you for helping to make the Brandywine Zoo look so beautiful!

— Nancy Falasco
Zoo Director