How to Enter

First, read this entire page. Right to the bottom.
1. Certify your garden with Pollinators Paradise Project (Hamilton)
2. Send an email describing your garden in light of the award criteria.
3. By email send one to five photos of your garden(s)

That’s it! Easy! Now for a few details…

1. Certify Your Garden

The Pollinators Paradise Project (PPP) aims to create a pollinator corridor through the city of Hamilton by increasing the number of nature-friendly gardens. The PPP includes a certification program whereby residents who have created pollinator gardens can register them. By listing and mapping these gardens, progress can be measured and tracked over time.
The first step toward a Monarch Award is to certify your garden with the Pollinator Paradise Project. It’s a short questionnaire and many of you will already have completed it.
If you’ve already certified your garden, just skip this and go right to step two. If you have not certified your garden, here’s the form: https://www.hamiltonpollinatorparadise.org/certification.html

2. Tell us about your garden(s)

After you’ve submitted the Pollinator Paradise Project Certification form, tell us why you want to take the next step and enter for a Monarch Award.
The Monarch Awards is a contest. Because it’s not (just) about the look of your garden, we want to find out how it functions and, of course, what’s happening in the front yard and back yard. So we ask you to tell us about your garden in writing, in your own words. There’s no word minimum or maximum. Don’t worry about grammar or style– use point form if you like. We will read everything. Just don’t forget to include your name, address, and phone number.

Send your email to: entries@monarchawardshamilton.org

Your email should cover the following six areas:
Soil How healthy is your garden soil?
Water How do you conserve water and deal with runoff from impermeable surfaces including rooftops?
Plants How many plants? Lots of variety? Some natives?
Materials and Hardscaping Chosen wisely? Used carefully?
Cultural Practices What do you do in your garden to enhance natural systems?
Aesthetics Does it look like a garden? A pleasing effect?

For more information on these topics, visit the Resources Page on this web site.

If you want to write your application as a Word document, no problem. Just attach it to the email.

If you’re keen to learn about what the judges are looking for, here’s last year’s questionnaire, as a pdf, to view or download:
questionnaire-2017.

3. Send photos

By email, send us between one and five digital photos of your garden, each in a separate email. In the body of each email, include your name and address and some text to help the reviewers understand what they’re looking at. Choose photos that illustrate its Monarch Award potential. Please, no flower or butterfly closeups. We want to see the big picture. You can send the photos as an attachment to the “essay” message, or you can send them separately. It’s the same email address: entries@monarchawardshamilton.org

Entries by Mail / Paper

If you prefer to send your entry on paper, please bring or mail it (along with your printed photos) to: Environment Hamilton / Monarch Awards, 22 Wilson Street Suite 4, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C5 . Be sure to print your name, address and phone number on the entry.
Be sure to print your name on the back of each photo. You may include descriptive text if you like.

Within 24 hours you’ll receive confirmation by email and if there’s any problem with your entry we’ll contact you.
Entry deadline is midnight Sunday on June 24, 2018.