About the Garden Awards
For more than 30 years Minneapolis Garden Awards Program has recognized thousands of gardeners who beautify our community and help to heal and protect our environment.
In recent years, we’ve added many new raingarden categories because of our commitment to improve the quality of water in our rivers, lakes, streams, and creeks.
Anyone can nominate a garden for an award. You can even nominate your own garden for consideration. Only publicly visible gardens can be considered for an award and that certainly could include an alley.
If you see a garden deserving of recognition, please go ahead and nominate the garden online. Whether a property owner has designed and planted the garden themselves, or they have paid someone else, they have committed their resources and are equally recognized.
Each year during the month of July and early August, 100s of trained volunteers evaluate over 1,000 nominated gardens based on defined criteria and submit their ratings online. The award categories include:
Rating (out of a possible 20 points)
|Garden of Distinction
|Garden of Merit
|Certificate of Appreciation
Garden awardees will receive a notice in the mail in the months following the completion of the evaluations with information about their award.
Of the thousands of gardens nominated and evaluated each year, only a few exceptional gardens are considered for a top garden award. The best of the best are selected to receive special recognition because of their unique contributions.