2016 Wilmington City Gardens Contest


City Garden Contest Winners for 2016


A summer event staple for all Wilmington residents, businesses, and community gardeners, the City Gardens Contest is back this year and offers a chance for everyone – experienced gardeners and weekend warriors alike – to show off their gardens for a chance to win. Award recipients will receive a selected plant from Mt. Cuba Center to add to their prize-winning city garden.



There are many ways to get involved in this FREE event:

  1. Enter your garden into the contest;
  2. Volunteer your morning and join us as a judge; or
  3. Volunteer your photography skills and capture the beauty of our competing gardens!


ENTER: Live in the city and have a garden? Sign up as an entrant! There are many categories to choose from, including Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Entrance/Container Gardens, New, Greenest Block, and Community Gardens. Judges will visit your garden on Saturday, July 16, sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sharing your garden with fellow enthusiasts is fun and educational.



JUDGE: Are you a garden expert or just love to visit great gardens? Sign up to be a judge! As an official event judge, you’ll visit designated gardens as part of a team and evaluate each green space with specific criteria to select the winning gardens. Information is provided on the judge’s forms, and no prior experience is necessary. Judging takes place on Saturday, July 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gather up a team of your 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.



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




For more information, contact Marcia Stephenson, Membership Volunteer Coordinator.