Monarch Awards 2017: Now Accepting Applications!

Do you garden for nature? Does your patch of earth include habitat for bees and butterflies and other pollinators? Then you are invited to apply to the Hamilton Monarch Awards!

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The Monarch Awards recognize Hamilton gardens and gardeners for their contribution to a bio-diverse, sustainable environment.

Originating with a group of gardeners,including volunteers from the Crown Point Garden Club and the Royal Botanical Gardens as well as staff from the Hamilton Pollinator Paradise Project (initiative of Environment Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists' Club), the idea for an “alternative” garden awards program quickly gained momentum.

This year, properties in wards 1-10 and 13 (Dundas) are eligible. Gardens must be residential, not on business or commercial properties. Entrants do not need to own the property but do need to be primary person responsible for how the gardens look and function.

A winner and finalists will be chosen based on judges’ scores over six criteria categories that include soil health, water conservation, native plant species and aesthetics.

All participants will receive a free "We are Feeding Pollinators" lawn sign, courtesy of the Pollinator Paradise Project.

Please visit http://monarchawardshamilton.org/ for competition details and rules.

Entry deadline is midnight Sunday June 18, 2017. Good luck!!