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Kingston Blooms award winners announced

September 18, 2015 –

The Kingston Blooms awards were given out to the community's best gardeners last night at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club.

"The beauty these gardeners add to our community makes Kingston a more livable city. A number of gardens received perfect scores from the judges, which just speaks to the high level of skill and commitment of Kingston's avid gardeners," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

He presented the Mayor's Choice Award to Norma Javier who also won the Most Environmentally Friendly Garden Award sponsored by Utilities Kingston.

This year is the first that online public voting helped determine the outcome of this garden contest – 3,163 respondents voted on pictures submitted by 37 entrants.

The top three gardens with the most votes in each category were visited by judges who scored them out of 100 points.  Four gardens received perfect scores.

And the winners are:

Small Garden

  1. Diane Davison
  2. Elna Licharson
  3. Phil and Marilyn Jackson

Large Garden

  • Debbie Loder and Norma Javier (tie)
  • Brenda Hamilton

Gardening for the Disabled

  1. Inge Wells
  2. Bonita Lamont

Junior Kingston Blooms

  1. St. Patrick Catholic School

Small Commercial Garden

  1. Aunt Lucy's Dinner House
  2. Heritage Court Apartments
  3. Sydenham Street United Church

Most Beautiful Container

  1. Rosemary Meers
  2. Carolyn Webb
  3. Heather Campbell

The City of Kingston would like to thank all the gardeners who took the time to enter their gardens in Kingston Blooms – and the program's sponsors Canadian Tire and Trophy House.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.