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.
The 2018 Gardening and Greening Contest has been closed. Thank you to all who entered!
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.
Judges chose from the categories below to download and print Judging Sheets:
- Combination Garden
- Container Garden
- Flower Garden
- Public Space Planting
- Specialty Garden
- Vegetable Garden
Contestants are eligible to take PHS gardening programs at reduced costs. To learn more about these programs, please click here.
2017 Contest Award Winners
Click here for a list of all 2017 PHS Gardening and Greening Contest winners.
Gardeners whose projects are chosen for recognition will be invited to an awards reception, where photographs of the winning gardens will be showcased.
- 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.
- Specialty Gardens: A flower garden, including pollinator gardens, native gardens, rain gardens, or other gardens highlighting specific plants.
- 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: