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  • Northeast Philly flourishes: More than 350 gardeners have entered this year’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s garden contest. Local gardens throughout the Northeast are competing against ones as far as New Jersey, Delaware and upstate Pennsylvania. Winners will be announced Sept. 20. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTOS

  • Northeast Philly flourishes: More than 350 gardeners have entered this year’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s garden contest. Local gardens throughout the Northeast are competing against ones as far as New Jersey, Delaware and upstate Pennsylvania. Winners will be announced Sept. 20.

  • Northeast Philly flourishes: More than 350 gardeners have entered this year’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s garden contest. Local gardens throughout the Northeast are competing against ones as far as New Jersey, Delaware and upstate Pennsylvania. Winners will be announced Sept. 20.

As there are every year, there are many North­east garden­ers com­pet­ing in the Pennsylvania Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety’s garden con­test.

But, this year, Philly res­id­ents have to com­pete against sub­urb­an­ites be­cause PHS has merged its City­wide Garden Con­test and its sub­urb­an PHS Com­munity Green­ing Awards in­to one Garden­ing and Green­ing Con­test. 

So garden­ers in Bustleton, Frank­ford, May­fair and Ox­ford Circle are com­pet­ing with grow­ers who live as far away as Cape May, N.J., Mil­ford, Del., or Brack­ney, Pa., which is near the New York bor­der.

In all, there are a bit more than 350 gar­dens in this year’s con­test, PHS events co­ordin­at­or Jo­hanna Schoeller told the North­east Times.

Con­test­ants in­clude home garden­ers with in-ground or con­tain­er gar­dens, com­munity gar­dens and busi­nesses that have beau­ti­fied their prop­er­ties. Mu­ni­cip­al­it­ies that have ini­ti­ated pro­grams like tree-plant­ings or storm wa­ter man­age­ment plans also par­ti­cip­ate.

There are nine cat­egor­ies: flowers, ve­get­ables, con­tain­ers, chil­dren’s, rooftops, garden blocks and street plant­ers, urb­an farms, pub­lic space plant­ings and en­vir­on­ment­al ini­ti­at­ives.

About 60 pan­els of vo­lun­teer judges were out look­ing over this sea­son’s blooms, greens and ve­g­gies. Judging was con­cluded in Au­gust. Win­ners will be an­nounced Sept. 20 at the PHS Fall Fest­iv­al in The Navy Yard, Schoeller said.

Judges looked at design and total visu­al ef­fect. They con­sidered main­ten­ance and hor­ti­cul­tur­al prac­tices, and the vari­ety, col­or and suit­ab­il­ity of plant­ings. Ex­tra points were awar­ded for cre­ativ­ity and sus­tain­able prac­tices.

North­east res­id­ents routinely have won re­cog­ni­tion for their gar­dens every year. About 80 per­cent of the North­east garden­ers who com­peted last year won some re­cog­ni­tion. Any­one who didn’t enter the con­test this year should go to www.phson­line.org/garden­ing/gg­con­test for more in­form­a­tion and con­sider get­ting in­to the 2015 com­pet­i­tion.

The PHS Fall Fest­iv­al, sponsored by Thomas Jef­fer­son Hos­pit­al, will in­clude shop­ping in the Frank­lin Flea and some el­bow bend­ing in a beer garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on The Navy Yard parade grounds on Broad Street.

PHS mem­bers and any­one who joins the PHS fam­ily at the fest­iv­al will be en­titled to dis­counts throughout the event, in­clud­ing free plants at the Plant Di­vidend tent. Ad­di­tion­al mem­ber be­ne­fits in­clude tick­ets to the 2015 PHS Phil­adelphia Flower Show, “Lights, Cam­era, Bloom.”

The PHS City Har­vest Mar­ket will of­fer a wide vari­ety of fresh pro­duce from loc­al gar­dens. There will also be DIY demon­stra­tions. Young ones will be kept busy at the PHS Kids Zone, a space filled with a vari­ety of races, crafts and activ­it­ies to en­ter­tain and en­gage chil­dren.

The Fall Fest­iv­al Mar­ket­place will fea­ture plants, tools, garden ac­cessor­ies, home d&ea­cute;cor, craft items and keep­sakes from the PHS Phil­adelphia Flower Show. Vis­it­ors can also stop by the PHS Store for an as­sort­ment of plants and products from PHS Mead­ow­brook Farm in Abing­ton Town­ship.

Garden­ers can show off their own prized pro­duce in the Fall Fest­iv­al’s har­vest-time con­tests. They can com­pete in “Garden Gi­ants,” a show­case for beau­ti­ful, large to­ma­toes, squash and oth­er ve­g­gies. Or they can cre­ate a stun­ning ar­range­ment of sea­son­al flowers, ve­get­ables, fruit, and herbs for the “Garden Bounty” con­test. For in­form­a­tion on en­ter­ing these two con­tests, con­tact Betty Greene at 215-988-8826 or bgreene@pen­nhort.org

Judging for Garden Bounty will be at 11 a.m., and judging of Garden Gi­ants will be at noon. For more in­form­a­tion on the PHS Fall Fest­iv­al, vis­it www.phson­line.org ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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