Flower power

— Loc­al res­id­ents flour­ish in the Phil­adelphia Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety's an­nu­al City­wide Garden Con­test.

Jason Craw­ford won a first place prize for his mid­size garden in the PHS City­wide Garden Con­test, for the third year in a row, Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)


Vic­tory has bloomed in the North­east as 20 res­id­ents took hon­ors in this year’s Phil­adelphia Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety’s an­nu­al City­wide Garden Con­test.

One of those North­east garden­ers is a three-time first-place win­ner.

About 250 garden­ers entered the con­test, which began in the spring, ac­cord­ing to Flos­sie Nar­ducci, the hor­ti­cul­tur­al so­ci­ety’s edu­ca­tion­al activ­it­ies man­ager. The most pop­u­lar cat­egory was flower garden­ing, she said. Some win­ners have ve­get­able gar­dens or com­bin­a­tions. Some win­ning plots are com­munity ef­forts.

Con­test win­ners were an­nounced dur­ing a ce­re­mony at the PHS Fall Garden Fest­iv­al, on Sat­urday, on the parade grounds of the Navy Yard at the foot of Broad Street in South Phil­adelphia.

Win­ners get cer­ti­fic­ates from PHS, plants for their gar­dens and tick­ets to the 2013 Phil­adelphia In­ter­na­tion­al Flower Show.

Sev­en of the North­east’s win­ning garden­ers took first places in their cat­egor­ies:

Jason Craw­ford won for his a mid­size flower garden on the 7800 block of Lor­na Drive. He won first place awards in 2011 and 2010, too.

Craw­ford is proud of the day lilies he grew this year. The per­en­ni­als have been in his garden for about four years, he said. He gave them plenty of wa­ter and or­gan­ic fer­til­izer and used lots of com­post.

The Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Found­a­tion won for a mid­sized com­munity ve­get­able garden on its prop­erty at 2068 Red Li­on Road.

Elena Alekseev was honored for her large com­bin­a­tion garden on the 900 block of Lans­ing St.

Ivey Gal­it­an won for a large flower on the 300 block of Friend­ship St. She won top hon­ors in 2010, too.

Mi­chael Tauscher won for his large flower garden on the 8200 block of Win­throp St. He won a third place last year.

Fre­d­er­ick In­dict­or won for his large ve­get­able garden on the 8800 block of Old Farm Road. He won a second place in 2010 and a third in 2009.

Rosa Mir­i­ello got a gold star for a mid­size ve­get­able garden on the 4300 block of Dis­ston St. Mir­i­ello is an­oth­er vet­er­an award-win­ner. She won a second place in 2011, a first in 2010 and third place in 2009.

There were five second-place win­ners in the North­east:

The Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Found­a­tion, for its small com­munity ve­get­able garden on the 400 block of Rhawn St.

Joan A. Smalarz, for her large com­bin­a­tion garden on the 1000 block of Borbe­ck Ave. Smalarz won second place last year and a third place in 2010.

Cyn­thia Crin­iti, for the 7200 block of Oakley St. She got an hon­or­able men­tion in 2010 and a third place in 2009.

Ber­nice and Jeanne Roth­warf of the 1200 block of Tyson, for their mid­size flower garden. The Roth­warfs won an hon­or­able men­tion in 2010 and a third place in 2009.

Steph­en Dre­her, for a small flower garden on the 310 block of Stan­wood St.

Six loc­al garden­ers won third-place des­ig­na­tion in the PHS con­test:

Mari­anne T. Miller, for large com­bin­a­tion garden on the 2000 block of Vista St. She took a third place in 2009 and an hon­or­able men­tion in 2011.

Sid Dor­f­man, for a small com­bin­a­tion garden on the 8500 block of Bridle Road. He took a second last year.

Maur­een P. Breen, for her con­tain­er garden on the 7400 block of Rock­well Ave.

Sher­ree Kopple, for her mid­size flower garden on the 500 block of Lark­spur St.

Thomas Taylor, for his small flower garden on the 7900 block of Le­onard St.

John Wis­niewski, for his small flower garden on the 3400 block of Holy­oke Road. He took a third last year, too.

Gerri Ra­m­ulis won an hon­or­able men­tion for a mid­size flower garden on the 11000 block of Glen­field Road.

Vo­lun­teer judges eval­u­ated the gar­dens. Judges looked for healthy plants and a vari­ety. They wanted to see well-kept gar­dens in which spaces were put to good use.

Judges looked for ima­gin­a­tion in garden­ing and awar­ded points for good hor­ti­cul­tur­al prac­tices such as com­post or rain bar­rel use. ••


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