Over July and August, Monarch Award judges Charlie Briggs, Erin Mallon, Sean James, and Michael Albanese visited 22 gardens in teams of two. They had some insightful observations—and a lot of praise—for the gardeners who worked so hard for this year’s awards program. To read more about the judges’ experience , read Beatrice Ekoko’s article on the Pollinator Paradise blog.
After careful consideration, the Monarch Awards Team is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients. Six gardeners received the full Monarch Award and ten received a Caterpillar Award. Usually there would be a big group photo and a presentation at City Hall but, with COVID-19 restrictions, it was just not possible this year. Awards were presented on Thursday September 17 on the grounds of Dundurn Castle.
Caterpillar Awards are given to gardeners who show exceptional progress in a small or difficult site, as well as to beginner gardeners to recognize a good start on a garden that is not yet ready for a full Monarch Award. Here are the 2020 award recipients in the Caterpillar Category
Matthew Chlebowski and Stacey Arseneau
Diane LeBreton-Gerrish and Blair Gerrish
Ricardo Lozano, Elsa Marques, and family
Maia Whitman and family
The Monarch Award is for gardeners who have met the criteria in most areas and are progressing well in all areas. Recipients’ knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm is evident in their thriving gardens. Here are the 2020 Monarch Award recipients.
Debbie Lindeman and Dennis Price
Barbara McKean and John Hannah
Beth Stormont and Sandra Root