Two Back Bay Winners Recognized at Garden Contest Awards Ceremony

August 30, 2011
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Pictured, left to right, are Large Yard Garden Category winners Marie Lindahl of Roxbury (third-place prize), Catharine Claiborne of Mattapan (first-place), Peter Dutchka of Brighton (second-place) and Trinity Church (third-place). In the pink - Cecilia Cronin from Comcast and Rachell Cohen of the Boston Herald.

Two winners from the Back Bay were among those honored at the awards ceremony for Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s 2011 Garden Contest, which was presented in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at the Public Garden last Tuesday.

The Hempest at 207 Newbury St. tied for third-place in the category of Storefront, Business or Organization Garden, as did Karen Jarret of Trinity Church on Clarendon Street in the Large Yard Garden division. In all, more than 28 winners were recognized in eight garden categories.

Pictured, left to right, are Storefront, Business or Organization Category winners Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury (second-place prize), FHNA Garden Group of Hyde Park (first-place), Jon Napoli of the Hempest on Newbury Street (third-place) and Brighton Main Streets (third-place). In the pink - Cecilia Cronin from Comcast and Rachell Cohen of the Boston Herald.

Both Back Bay winners received a framed certificate from the mayor, as well as prize packages from the City of Boston, Comcast, HGTV and Mahoney’s Garden Center. Each also received a one-year American Horticultural Society membership, a ticket to the 2012 Boston Flower and Garden Show and award packages from Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Metro Credit Union, Boston Organics, Zoo New England and WGBH.

Launched 15 years ago as part of Menino’s citywide beautification initiative, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped and planted flowers, trees and shrubs. The Parks and Recreation Department gathers the entries, hosts a jury to determine the finalists and dispatches judges to visit gardens throughout the city, according to a statement from the city.

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