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October 17, 2008
Garden Contest winners lauded at City Hall
At a reception at City Hall today, Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, and City of Toronto staff thanked city-wide Toronto Garden Contest contestants for their contributions to a clean and beautiful Toronto.

"The City’s garden contest is important to recognize individuals and businesses that cultivate inspiring gardens which enhance the physical and social fabric of our communities," said Councillor Fletcher. "In beautifying their front yards and properties, citizens are playing a vital role in building our liveable city."

Each of the contestants was already a category winner in their local garden contest before being nominated to the city-wide Garden Contest where gardens are judged in four categories: traditional residential (lawn and garden combination), environmental residential (lawn replaced with plants and/or ground cover), commercial, and community (gardens maintained by community volunteers). Winners were presented with a glass sculpture crafted by Toronto artisan Cali Bales.

New this year is a special recognition category for balcony gardening to promote high-rise cultivation of flowers and edible plants.

The winners of the 2008 Toronto Garden Contest are:

Traditional Residential
Yvette and Maynard Sutherland, 2 Wilmar Rd. (first place); Nancy Carruthers and Anne Powell, 227 Glebeholme Blvd. (second place); Ramzan and Hafiza Khadim, 46 Georgina Gate (third place).

Environmental Residential
Susan Wells and Stacey Shannon, 79 Oak Park Ave. (first place); John R. Stuart, 6 Campania Cres. (second place); Ken and Shelley Bratby, 59 Sixth St. (third place).

A-1 Labels, 32 Cranfield Rd. (first place); Gates of Guildwood, 10 and 20 Guildwood Pkwy. (second place).

Kingdom Hall, 64 Tiago Ave. (first place); Agincourt Pentecostal Church, 2885 Kennedy Rd. (second place); Iron Workers Union, 909 Kipling Ave. (third place).

Special Recognition - balcony gardening
Growing Together - Garden Program, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Lara Lucretia
Growing Together - Garden Program, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Nandiny Pirapakaran

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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