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November 25, 2013
City of Toronto announces recipients of Toronto Garden Awards
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, City staff and the Toronto Garden Awards judges today announced the winners of the 2013 Toronto Garden Awards at City Hall.

The awards recognize residents, businesses and organizations for beautifying their non-public spaces. Most of the green space in Toronto is made up of front and back yards.

The finalists for the 2013 awards were winners of local community garden contests during the previous year. In selecting the winners, the judges took into consideration the use of landscape, the condition and overall maintenance of the garden, the use of plant material, colour and texture, and the overall garden's appeal.

Below are the five prize categories and their winners for 2013:
• Traditional Residential (garden and lawn combination): Lorenzo Ferrara, Strathmore Blvd., Toronto
• Environmental Residential (where the homeowner uses environmentally-friendly garden practices and some or most of the lawn area consists of plants and/or ground cover): Michael Fitzpatrick and Marilyn Ferley, Heathview Ave., North York
• Commercial (commercial properties including apartment): La Veranda Osteria, Dario Saleki, Royal York Rd., Etobicoke
• High Density: The Brule Condominium, Brigitte Nielsen, Diana Jardine and Stefan Vystavil, Bloor St. W., Toronto
• Community Award: Drewry Secondary School, Mary Weiss, Drewry Ave., North York

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