Garden Awards

Do you enjoy gardening? Do you love looking at beautiful gardens? If so, then join us and other garden enthusiasts in nominating and evaluating healthy and beautiful gardens throughout Minneapolis!

Raingarden Workshops

Unseasonably warm weather, long droughts and flooding rains are the new normal for spring and summer in Minnesota. Learn how your yard can adapt to and even help mitigate threats posed by these extreme weather events.

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About the Garden Awards

For more than 30 years, the Minneapolis Garden Awards program has recognized gardeners who beautify our community.

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Evaluation Criteria

View criteria volunteers consider to evaluate your garden.

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2016 awardees

Take a look at the Garden Awardees for 2016!

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Nominate A Garden

Know a garden that deserves recognition? Nominate it for the garden awards today!

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Become an Evaluator

Enjoy looking at amazing gardens? Then join our team of Garden Evaluators to review the best gardens in the cities!

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Award Archives

See "Best of" Gardens in a wide range of categories from 2006 to the present.

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Nate Siegel Award

Nate Siegel was an exceptional gardener who educated and inspired other gardeners to beautify their communities. Find out more about the Nate Siegel Award and and his role in the early years of Metro Blooms.

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Support The Garden Awards Program

The Garden Awards Program is made possible through contributions from local community members. Please consider donating to help the continuation of the Awards Program!

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Your donation is an investment in the future of our shared legacy, and will help us improve the health of our urban landscapes.

If you love gardens, clean watersheds and working with your community, join hundreds of others and enjoy the fun!

Metro Blooms Blue Thumb program is a public-private partnership promoting the use of native plants, raingardens and shoreline stabilization to improve water quality.