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Apartment613 is searching for Ottawa’s most beautiful home gardens—over $500 in prizes to be won

By Apartment613 on June 15, 2021

This summer, Apt613 is thrilled to launch 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.

Over the past couple of weekends, volunteers for Apartment613 quietly began distributing these special door hangers throughout Ottawa. It’s been a way for Apt613 volunteers to recognize the best gardens in their neighbourhoods—so if you got one, congrats! We like your garden and think you should enter our Best Home Garden contest.


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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 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 have a garden to tend to at Apt613! A generous donation by fans of the blog at Edelman meant we could purchase these gift card prizes from local garden centres like Robert Plante Greenhouses and Ritchie Feed & Seed.

How it works

By July 11, 2021, please register to be eligible for prizes. You’ll be asked to attach up to three recent photos of your garden.

On July 12, 2021, Apt613 will raffle 5 x $50 gift cards to eligible participants. This will be a random draw of names from a hat.

By July 23, 2021, Apt613 will publish a shortlist of outstanding entries. Readers, Apt613 writers and gardeners will have the opportunity to vote for “Ottawa’s Best Home Garden”, the recipient of our grand prize ($250 gift card).

The grand prize winner ($250 gift card) is announced on on August 14, 2021.

Visit for full contest details.