The Monarch Awards recognizes gardens and gardeners in Hamilton Ontario for their contribution to a bio-diverse, sustainable environment.
Originating with a group of gardeners, the idea for an “alternative” garden awards program quickly gained momentum. The organizing committee includes staff from the Hamilton Naturalists Club, Environment Hamilton, along with volunteers from the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Crown Point Garden Club, as well as individuals.
Properties in wards 1-10 and 13 (Dundas) are eligible. Here’s a ward map on the city’s web site (opens in new tab). Both front yard and back yards are considered. Gardens must be residential, not on business or commercial properties. Entrants do not need to own the property but do need to be primary person responsible for how the gardens look and function.
Gardeners need to complete a simple questionnaire and submit photos to enter the contest. A volunteer committee reviews all the entry questionnaires and forwards the best ones to our four judges. The judges decides which gardens they will visit. If your property is chosen for a visit, you are encouraged to be on hand to showcase your work and your goals.
A winner and finalists will be chosen based on judges’ scores over the six criteria categories.
2017 Dates and Rules
Entry deadline is midnight Sunday June 18, 2017.
The selection of finalists happens between June 18 and 25.
Judges’ site visits are scheduled between Monday July 10 and 17, 2017
Members or families of the volunteer committee and the judging team are not eligible to enter.
Residential gardens in Hamilton are eligible.