The Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach is sponsoring “The American Pride Landscape Competition” for residential and commercial gardens, starting March 27 through April 27.
Gardens of many types have been featured – wildflower gardens, native plant gardens, shade gardens, water gardens, gardens for sitting, gardens for walking, gardens for relaxing – even gardens for gardening.
The competition promotes gardening excellence in South Walton County and recognizes community residents and local businesses whose landscape designs create aesthetic and functional gardens that are attractive and enhance the beauty of our area. Anyone residing in Walton County south of SR 20 from Okaloosa County to the Bay County line is eligible to participate.
Gardens are judged using the Standards for Evaluating Landscape Design as set forth by the National Council of States Garden Clubs, Inc. using the following guidelines: First Impressions, Purpose, Design (functional and aesthetic), Implementation, Maintenance, and Final Impression. After initial screening by GTGC committee members, the final selection will be judged by Randy Harelson and Kendal Horne, who are professional horticulturalists and designers.
Preliminary judging will take place April 28 – 29th. Winners will be recognized at the GTGC monthly meeting on May 20th at Café Provence. Anyone wishing to submit a garden for evaluation, either residential or commercial, should contact Ellen Tabor, event chairman, at 267-0417 between March 27 and April 27, 2009.