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Flower City Looking Good - Garden Contest Information


Cleaner, Greener, More Beautiful

The efforts of hundreds of dedicated city gardeners and their contributions to making our city greener, cleaner, and more beautiful have been recognized over the past 23 years through the Flower City Garden Contest. During the contest period, city residents may nominate his/her own garden or a neighbor’s garden. This contest is a component of the annual Flower City Looking Good series of activities and events. Call (585) 428-6770 for more information. 

Also be sure to visit our horticulture programs page to learn about other gardening and related programs offered by the City!

How to Participate 

Winners have been announced for the 2013 Summer contest (see below). Check back soon for information on how to enter your garden in 2014.

Entries can be accepted via the  online entry form, or by mail/delivery of an entry form (Mail/deliver to Bureau of Recreation headquarters, 400 Dewey Avenue, 14613) map  

Recognition and prizes are awarded in the following categories: 

  • Best Container Garden
  • Best Use of Water Feature in a Garden
  • Best Educational Garden Project
  • Best Wildlife/Butterfly Habitat
  • Most Colorful Neighborhood Garden
  • Best Neighborhood Enhancement Garden
  • Best Urban Farm


2013 Winners

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the following award recipients:

Best Container Garden(s)
John & JoAnn DeMott, Genesee Corridor Business Association Planters

Best Urban Farm
Widewater Garden, 376 Rosedale Street

Best Use of a Water Feature
Sheron Gardner, 99 Albermarle Street

Most Colorful Neighborhood Garden
Union Street Soffrito Garden, Collective Action Project of Marketview Heights, 227 N. Union Street

Best Community Enhancement Gardens
Johnny Scott, 71 Sterling
Maplewood Gardening Team, 1450 Dewey Avenue

Best Wildlife/Butterfly Habitat Garden
Barb Ann Kupiec, 525 Ramona Street

Garden of Distinction:
Frank Velte, 114 Dunn Street


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