Gardening and Greening Contest

To 2015 Gardening & Greening Contestants and Judges:

We appreciate the many beautiful gardens that were entered in the 2015 PHS Gardening and Greening contest and will announcing the winners soon.

PHS is celebrating 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. Don’t miss your chance to be recognized as a champion gardener. Enter today!


Individual gardeners may enter in-ground gardens or gardens grown exclusively in containers. Community gardeners may enter vegetable and flower gardens, garden blocks, and public-space plantings and parks. Also eligible are businesses that have beautified their establishments and municipalities that have initiated environmental projects such as stormwater management or tree plantings.


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.

Award Winners

Click here for a list of all 2015 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.
  • Environmental Initiatives: Plantings that municipalities have initiated to replace the tree canopy, to mitigate stormwater runoff, or to pursue other ecological projects.
  • Flower Garden: Any size garden containing mostly flowers and/or trees and shrubs. This includes community flower gardens cared for by three or more people.
  • 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.
  • Rooftop Garden: Any garden located on the rooftop of a home, commercial building, or garden shed.
  • 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:

e: [email protected]
p: 215.988.8897

Happy Gardening!