Gardening and Greening Contest

PHS celebrates the accomplishments of gardeners in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware with the PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. This contest invites backyard gardeners, community gardeners, and anyone passionate about greening our public spaces to enter. Winners will be selected in each category and invited to a special awards ceremony.

Thank you to all who entered the 2017 PHS Gardening and Greening Garden Contest.  Judging has concluded and Contest results will be announced on the PHS website by late September.  Contestants will also be notified by mail.


Volunteer judges are chosen for their expertise and accomplishments in gardening. Garden entries are judged on maintenance and horticultural practices, as well as the variety, color, and suitability of plantings. Design and total visual effect are also considered, with extra points awarded for creativity and sustainable practices.

2017 Brochure and Rules

Click here to download the 2017 Gardening and Greening Contest brochure.

2017 Contest Award Winners

Click here for a list of all 2017 PHS Gardening and Greening Contest winners.

Awards Reception

Gardeners whose projects are chosen for recognition will be invited to an awards reception, where photographs of the winning gardens will be showcased.

Garden Categories


  • Children’s Garden: A home garden, a plot within a community garden, or a garden on school grounds that is maintained primarily by school-age children, usually under adult supervision.
  • Combination Garden: Any size garden with both vegetables and flowers where both have significant impact.
  • Container Garden: A garden, patio, porch, or front stoop that primarily features plants in containers.
  • Flower Garden: Any size garden containing mostly flowers and/or trees and shrubs. This includes community flower gardens and specialty flower gardens.
  • Garden Block: A commercial or residential block with container plantings, hanging baskets, and/or in ground plantings.
  • Public Space: Plantings/Parks Gardens located in public spaces such as parks, libraries, churches, hospital grounds, train stations, traffic islands, businesses, memorial gardens, etc.
  • Urban Farm: An entrepreneurial garden that grows and sells fruit, vegetables, and flowers and donates a percentage of the produce to a food cupboard.
  • Vegetable Garden: Any size garden with mostly vegetables, cared for by an individual, or a community vegetable garden cared for by three or more people.

For more information, please contact Johanna Schoeller at:

p: 215.988.8897

Happy Gardening!