Winners announced in Citywide Garden Contest

Thirty-two North­east Philly res­id­ents have won re­cog­ni­tion in the Pennsylvania Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety’s 2013 City­wide Garden Con­test. Since only 41 North­east garden­ers entered the con­test this year, 32 rep­res­ents about an 80-per­cent win­ning per­cent­age.

City­wide, 249 garden­ers com­peted in sev­er­al of the an­nu­al com­pet­i­tion’s cat­egor­ies.

Many of the entrants from the North­east won second- or third-place hon­ors as well as hon­or­able men­tions. Mi­chael Tauscher stands alone as the only North­east first-place win­ner for his large flower garden on the 8200 block of Win­throp St. He was among five North­east first-place win­ners last year. He took a third place in 2011.

Al­though Tauscher was the only first-place garden­er in the North­east this year, there were more loc­al win­ners over­all this year. About 20 won first, second and third place as well as hon­or­able men­tion last year.

This year, there were a dozen second-place win­ners. Among them was Mari­anne T. Miller, who had won third place in 2012 for her large com­bin­a­tion garden on the 2000 block of Vista St. Miller’s garden was one of a few fea­tured in a North­east Times story about one day of con­test judging in North­east Phil­adelphia in Ju­ly. 

Oth­er second-place win­ners, by ZIP code: Cathy Canty, 19111, for her com­bin­a­tion flower and ve­get­able garden; Ivey Gal­it­an, 19111, for her flower garden. Gal­it­an took a first place in 2012 and 2010; Car­o­lyn Mul­derig, 19111, for her flower garden; Ber­nice and Jeanne Roth­warf, 19111, for their flower garden. They won second place in 2012, hon­or­able men­tion in 2010 and third place in 2009; Chris Van­horn, 19111, for a flower garden; Thomas Dinardo, 19114, for his flower garden; Di­ana Clark, 19115, also won third place for com­munity ve­get­able garden­ing; Mickey He­ston, 19136, for ve­get­able garden­ing; Mary Jo Do­nahue, 19154, for her patio con­tain­er garden; Cath­er­ine Nino, 19154, won in the urb­an farm cat­egory; and Katie O’Bri­en, 19154, won for her entry­way garden.

There were 11 third-place win­ners: Bar­bara Kin­ney, 19111, won for her patio garden; Mon­ica Mar­tinez, 19111, for her flower garden; Chuck and Elana Paynter, 19111, for their com­bin­a­tion ve­get­able-flower garden; Kar­en Pimble, 19111, for her flower garden; Rim­antas Stirbys, 19115, for a flower garden; Una Coyle, 19124, for her flowers; Sal San­done Sr., 19136, for his ve­get­able garden; Vic­tor­ia Mon­a­celli, 19154, for her flower garden; Joan A. Smalarz, 19111, for her com­bin­a­tion flower-ve­get­able garden. She took second place in 2012 and 2011 and a third in 2010; and Mar­garet and Sid­ney Kanef­sky, 19149, for their flower garden.

Mike Scotese took an hon­or­able men­tion for his com­bin­a­tion garden on the 6900 block of Tor­res­dale Ave. as did Randee Stevens for her com­bin­a­tion garden on the 3200 block of Welsh Road. Both Scotese and Stevens were judged the same day as Miller.

Oth­er North­east garden­ers who got hon­or­able men­tions are: Anna Gauss, 19111, for her flower garden; Maria Lu­cian Ladz­in­ski, 19114, for her flower garden; Joe Edinger, 19124, for his flower garden; Aman­da Fury, 19135, for her rooftop garden; Mireya Taylor, 19135, for a flower garden; and Da­mon Val­letti, 19149, for his ve­get­able con­tain­er garden.

Win­ners will be an­nounced this Sat­urday, Sept. 21, dur­ing the PHS Fall Garden Fest­iv­al at the old Navy Yard at the foot of Broad Street in South Phil­adelphia.

The fest­iv­al is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Navy Yard’s parade grounds. Fea­tured will be garden­ing demon­stra­tions, live en­ter­tain­ment, loc­al food, a beer garden, har­vest con­tests and activ­it­ies for kids. There also will be a scare­crow con­test and plenty of op­por­tun­it­ies to buy pro­duce and plants. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.phson­ ••

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