Last summer, Apt613 launched Ottawa’s Best Home Garden, a grassroots contest aimed at showcasing Ottawa’s green thumb and the fine folks who are augmenting the beauty of our city.
Running the contest for only the second year in a row, we received many nominations of beautiful gardens in Stittsville, Orleans, and everywhere in between. It might have something to do with the top prize being a $250 gift card to Robert Plante Greenhouses, generously donated by friends of the blog at Edelman. Plus, we started a new category for balcony gardens, the winner of which also receives a $250 gift card! And, we acquired five gift cards of $50 each to Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc to give away to five lucky participants.
We discovered that Ottawa’s gardens are a diverse ecosystem with yards full of every type of plant and flower imaginable (in these parts). This competition recognized the biodiverse approaches to gardening in Ottawa, with a focus on local species and wildlife safe-havens. Thanks to The Urban Botanist for helping us focus on this.
Ottawa gardeners clearly put a lot of work into their art. In fact, many of them spend their entire summers tweaking their landscapes.
Typically, gardeners were nominated based on their front yard, the part visible to our Apt613 volunteers who hung up the nomination door hangers. Unbeknownst to many of us, the REAL gardens are in the backyard—hidden from plain view. Those with nice gardens in the front usually had REALLY nice gardens in the back. This photo competition enabled the public to view ‘garden art’ that’s usually hidden away.
In August, we announced a shortlist of the top 23 most beautiful, creative, and diverse gardens. You, our valued readers, were then invited to vote for your favourite House garden and your favourite Apartment garden by voting in our google form ballot.
Without further ado… Let’s see who raked in the prizes. (Pun intended.) The winners will be contacted by email next week to arrange prize delivery!
House Category: 1st Place
With 29.6 percent of the popular vote, this year’s grand prize winner is Cecilia T (Stittsville). Congratulations!
Following up with 11% and 8.8% respectively, here are this year’s runners-up, Ada G. (Stittsville) and John P (Blackburn Hamlet):
Apartment Category: 1st Place
With 73 percent of the popular vote, this year’s grand prize winner for this new category is Lorra (Byward Market). Congratulations!
Random Draw Winners
We also drew 5 winners for the $50 gift cards to Ritchie Feed & Seed Inc! Congratulations to our lucky participants:
- Lisa (Hintonburg)
- Marie-France Castonguay (Greenboro)
- Leah Geller (Sandy Hill)
- Suzyf007 (Nepean)
- Hanh Dao (Orleans)