Gardens must be on a residential property in the City of Hamilton wards 1-10 and 13 (Dundas)
The entire property will be considered, not just front yards.
The contest is not open to members of the judging team or their families.
There is no charge to enter.


Judges will be volunteers. In 2017 there will be four judges, chosen for their expertise in gardening for sustainability and bio-diversity. They will be briefed about the criteria and expectations and use a scoring matrix (provided by the organizing committee) to arrive at a fair decision.

The Monarch Awards Organizing Committee will do an initial evaluation based on the completed questionnaires that accompany each entry. Several gardens will be chosen to to forward to the judging team who will chosen the “finalist” gardens they wish to visit. The judges will arrange visits, in two groups of two, to these gardens. One winner will be chosen based on visit and information received from gardeners on site.


Entrants may submit photos via the online entry form. These photos may be used by the organizers for brochures, videos, web site, media releases, newsletters, annual reports, magazine/blog articles. Photos may be used only by organizations that are part of the organizing committee, and only for educational and promotional purposes.

Prizes / Benefits

All entrants will receive a Pollinator Paradise “We’re Feeding Pollinators garden sign to display through the Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Garden Certification Program. Entrants who already have a sign will receive a Monarch Awards sticker to put on it. Locations will be added to the Pollinator Paradise online map.

All finalists will be recognized as finalists in the project promotional information and on the web site. The winner will be presented with a work of garden art that represents the Monarch Award and the year won.