In 2022, we are doing it again! Last summer, Apt613 launched Ottawa’s Best Home Garden, an initiative aimed at showcasing Ottawa’s green thumb and fine folks who are augmenting the beauty of our city.
What’s new in 2022?
This year, we are thrilled to expand the #BestGarden613 contest. Gardeners now have the entire summer, starting from May 4th and until late August to submit their gardens at their best. Capture your early peony blooms or the full blossom of your July flowers. Another new update is a new category of balcony gardens. Let’s be honest, comparing backyard gardens to balcony gardens is like comparing apples to oranges. So this year, we will be voting for backyard and front yard gardens separately from balcony gardens. And, the prize fund is now at over $1000, double from last year!
Registration is now open! Register your garden here.
The 2022 #BestGarden613 Timeline
Aug 30, 2022: Winners of the grand prizes (over $1000 to be won) in their respective categories will be announced on Apt613.ca.
How it works
Starting with May 4th, you will be able to register your backyard OR balcony garden to be eligible for prizes. We will need to confirm your address is within Ottawa city limits, however, Apt613 will never publish your full name and home address.
You’ll be asked to attach up to three recent photos of your garden. Original photos should be taken this year (2022) which we will be able to verify in the file metadata. You are welcome to submit your garden either early on or late in the summer. Or both.
The grand prize winners (prizes to be announced) are announced on Apt613.ca on August 30, 2022.
About Ottawa’s Best Home Garden Contest
In 2021, over a couple of weekends, volunteers for Apartment613 quietly distributed special door hangers throughout Ottawa. It was a way for Apt613 volunteers to recognize the best gardens in their neighbourhoods—so if you got one last summer, congrats!
We had 94 wonderful Ottawa gardeners join the competition, with the top prize winner taking home a $250 gift card to Les Serres Robert Plante Greenhouses. Folks were able to enter the competition online by registering their garden and submitting photos of their greenery and flowers at their best either on their own accord or after receiving a door hanger recognition and being nominated that way.
We know Ottawa has a green thumb that is modestly unacknowledged despite the unique character it imposes upon our town. Neighbourhoods like Vanier, Centretown, and the Glebe are where you’ll find large homes well over 100 years old—many of which have been converted into apartments—with the space for a beautiful garden on the property.
In that vein, Ottawa’s Best Home Garden is a grassroots summer contest organized by volunteers at Apartment613—really for fun, because we don’t (yet) have a garden to tend to at Apt613!
Visit apt613.ca/garden for full contest details.