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Paterson Garden Contest

The 14th Annual 


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Since 2010, City Green has organized the Greenest Place in Paterson Garden Contest - an amazing initiative that celebrates and rewards the dedication and effort that Patersonians are investing into greening and beautifying the City! 

How it works: Home gardeners in Paterson complete an application (online or paper) and submit optional photos. City Green will contact you to schedule a visit to your garden for judging. All gardeners are invited to the Awards Ceremony in September, where winners will be announced and prizes will be given. 

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, July 10 

Desde 2010, City Green ha organizado el Concurso de jardines del lugar más verde de Paterson, una iniciativa increíble que celebra y recompensa la dedicación y el esfuerzo que los habitantes de Paterson están invirtiendo en la ecologización y el embellecimiento de la ciudad.  


Fecha límite para aplicar: Miércoles, el 10 de Julio

Balcony with flowers

About the Garden Contest 


  • Entry deadline: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 

  • In-person judging: July & August 

  • Award Ceremony: September 11, Rain date September 12 


The grand-prize winner of the Paterson Garden Contest will receive awards and prizes valued at $250. Winners in each category will also receive gifts and prizes.

Judging Criteria 

When judging a garden, we’re paying attention to:

  • general appeal and neatness

  • natural or formal layout

  • use of color

  • plant material

  • variety and quality of plants, and

  • sustainable features and methods used to create the garden


The contest is only for Paterson residents who are amateur gardeners. Businesses and other groups may submit an entry in our “Storefront, Organization, or Business District Garden” category.


  • Porch, Balcony, or Container Garden

  • Shade Garden

  • Flower Garden 

  • Front Yard Garden / Curb Appeal 

  • Community Garden (individual plot)

  • Vegetable or Herb Garden

  • Age Strong Garden Category (Senior 65 and older)

  • Junior Gardener Category (Under 18 years old) 

  • Storefront, Organization, or Business District Garden

Garden Contest
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City Green will recognize Garden Contest Hall of Fame inductees at the awards ceremony. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a gardener must have won three or more times. Garden Contest Hall of Famers will be invited to judge the gardens the following year. 








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