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Paterson’s Home Gardeners can WIN BIG in the Paterson Garden Contest!


Home gardeners in Paterson are invited to join the Paterson Garden Contest, an initiative that celebrates the dedication and effort that Patersonians are investing into greening and beautifying their neighborhoods. The winner of the Paterson Garden Contest’s “Best Overall Garden” will be awarded $250 in prizes and gift cards. Top place contenders in each category will be awarded $100 in prizes and gift cards.




Now in it’s 15th year, The Greenest Place in Paterson Garden Contest recognizes the vision and hard work of Paterson’s gardening community. Gardens and greening projects of all shapes, sizes, and styles are encouraged to apply. Contestants can enter their garden into one of eleven categories such as Best Church Garden, Best Container Garden, Rookie of the Year, Curb Appeal, and more. As part of City Green’s larger effort to ensure accessibility to their programs, they have added the category of “Best Indoor Garden”. This category provides participants without access to outdoor space a way to participate in the contest! Over the coming weeks, City Green will evaluate each garden on a set of criteria including general appeal, use of color, creative use of space, plant material and quality, and maintenance. The Garden Contest culminates with an award ceremony in September. There an array of prizes will be awarded for the different categories. Prizes include garden supplies, tools, plants, and gift cards.


Applications are currently open and the deadline to apply is August 11th and the Garden Contest Award Ceremony is on September 12th at 6pm with a rain date of the 13th. Applications can be filled out online using the QR code, or by mail.

The not-for-profit organization, City Green has helped establish community and school gardens throughout the City of Paterson, operates the Learning Garden in Eastside Park as well as the Veggie Mobile in Lou Costello Park.


Eligibility: Gardens in Paterson

Application Deadline: August 11

Gardens can be entered in any of these categories:

  • Vegetable Gardens

  • Flower Gardens

  • Container Garden

  • Church Garden

  • Municipal Garden

  • School Garden

  • Garden at a Business

  • Art in the Garden

  • Most Creative

  • Curb Appeal

  • Best Indoor Garden *NEW*

  • Best Overall


We would love to celebrate your gardening efforts and we hope you apply. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my email crosario@city-green.org or at 973-869-4086.

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