Attention Green Thumbs: Submissions for Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards Now Open | Chicago News

The Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards honor the city's green thumbs, wherever they garden, whether back yards, parkways, patio containers or urban farms. (Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards)The Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards honor the town’s inexperienced thumbs, wherever they backyard, whether or not again yards, parkways, patio containers or city farms. (Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards)

With extra folks gardening than ever, organizers of the Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards are eager to see what the town’s inexperienced thumbs have been getting as much as in space yards, parkways, patios, college heaps and different inexperienced areas. 

Submissions are being accepted via July 1 for the 2022 awards, which shall be judged in-person once more after going digital in 2020 and 2021.

“The previous two years have seen an explosion within the variety of American gardeners,” Mike Nowak, awards founder, mentioned in an announcement. “That’s true in Chicago as properly, and we’re desirous to see what new and skilled gardeners can train us about what they’ve discovered throughout the pandemic. Gardening is extra necessary than ever, not solely to deal with meals insecurity however at the same time as a private means of tackling species loss and local weather change.”

The competition is open to all Chicago residents and entry is free. Classes embrace residential, college, group, group backyard and concrete farm, with sub-categories for decorative, vegetable, container and specialty gardens. The software type calls for 2 pictures, which might be from the 2021 rising season, and asks entrants to share their backyard’s story.

Judges pays on-site visits to get a firsthand take a look at plantings. “They are going to be on the lookout for a backyard that’s well-planned, well-maintained, inventive, artistic, and linked to the group,” Nowak mentioned. “However they may particularly be on the lookout for indicators that the backyard is environmentally sound — that it treats the earth gently, options native vegetation wherever potential, and caters to birds and wildlife.”

Award recipients shall be introduced in late summer time. Although no prize cash is concerned, honorees will obtain show indicators and bragging rights. 

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