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Charlestown Garden Snags Prize at Mayor's Garden Contest

At Mayor Menino's Garden Contest, one Charlestown gardener was recognized.

Charlestown Garden Snags Prize at Mayor's Garden Contest Charlestown Garden Snags Prize at Mayor's Garden Contest

The rain had stopped and clouds were neatly in place in the newly scrubbed sky; seats set out on the drying lawn of Boston’s Public Garden were filled. The Aug. 24 ceremony awarding prizes in the Mayor’s 2012 Garden Contest was proceeding according to the script laid out by the Director of External Affairs for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

Contestants were urged to line up according to their category, first small yard garden, then medium yard garden, followed inevitably by the large yard garden category. Shade gardens, senior gardens, community gardens, storefront gardens, and vegetable gardens were called along with the Porch, Deck, Balcony or Window Box Gardens.  

But then the man from Jet Blue took the podium. There was a stirring in the crowd as attention focused on the drawing of the name of the gardener who would win tickets for four to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Orlando, Florida in March, 2013.

And the winners are...

In the end, a Hyde Park gardener was the winner of the Jet Blue prize, but all the award winning gardeners, including Richard O'Conner of Charlestown, left with gift bags of gardening goodies.

By the time the awards were given and photos taken, the public garden was drying out and the event caterer had laid out tasty vegetable based snacks beneath the watchful eye of George Washington’s statue. Some gardeners were already planning for next year…


Here is the complete list of 2012 Mayor's Gardening Contest Winners:

Small Yard Garden

First Place - Liz Yonda, East Boston

Second Place - Lawrence Hancock, East Boston

Third Place - Richard O'Conner, Charlestown


Medium Yard Garden

First Place - Gerald Brown, Dorchester

Second Place - Alex Galan, Dorchester

Third Place - Ric Thomas, Dorchester


Large Yard Garden

First Place - Sarah Salerno Thomas, Hyde Park

Second Place - Domenic Accetta, Dorchester

Third Place - Walter Janulewicz and Tim Otte, Jamaica Plain


Porch, Balcony, Deck or Window Box Garden

First Place - Kimberly Roberts, East Boston

Second Place - Kim Reiser and Peter Dutchka, Brighton

Third Place (tie) - Jamie Day, Jamaica Plain; Lance Swank, Dorchester


Shade Garden

First Place (tie) - Rodney Singleton, Roxbury; Diane Carter Duggan, Roslindale

Second Place - Timothy Kinte Smith, Roslindale


Vegetable or Herb Garden

First Place (tie) - Alessandro Ferzoco, Roslindale; Joseph DeLuca, Hyde Park

Second Place - Frank and Deb Russell, South Boston

Third Place - Linh Aven, South End


Senior Garden

First Place - Myrna Balk, Jamaica Plain

Second Place - Armando Lombardi, Allston

Third Place - Gary and Carol Chaffee, West Roxbury


Storefront, Business or Organization Garden

First Place - Timothy Haynes, Blade Barber Shop, South End

Second Place - William Gleason, West Broadway Neighborhood Association, South Boston

Third Place - Irene Walczak, Fairmount Hill Neighborhood Association, Hyde Park


Community Garden

First Place (tie) - John Marino, Berkeley Community Gardens, South End; Edward DeBortoli and Ken Averett, Dorchester

Second Place - Phoebe Flemming and Corinne Jager, South Boston Grows, South Boston

Third Place - Caroline Gelinas; Symphony Road Community Garden; Back Bay


Main Street District Category

First Place - Stephanie Cave, Roslindale Village Courtyard, Roslindale

Second Place - Christopher Douglas, Ashmont Grill, Dorchester

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