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November 9, 2005
Garden Contest winners lauded at City Hall
Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby, members of the Economic Development and Parks
Committee and Brenda Librecz, General Manager Parks, Forestry and Recreation
thanked City of Toronto Garden contestants for their contributions to a clean
and beautiful Toronto.

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 three categories: traditional, environmental and commercial. The
winners of the city-wide Garden Contest received an award designed by glass
artist Denise Ing and a rosette from the Mayor's Office. To see the winning
gardens visit,

The Garden Contest winners are:
Residential Traditional - First Place: John & Debra St. Jean, 130 Fallingbrook

Residential Traditional - Second Place: Virginia & Alexander Mair, 64 Baby
Point Rd.

Residential Environmental - First Place: Suzanne & Spencer Barrett, 182
Humbervale Blvd.

Residential Environmental - Second Place: John Kennedy & Margaret O'Neil, 22
Pegasus Trail

Residential Environmental - Third Place: St. Luke's United Church, 516 The

Commercial - First Place: James Signs, 10 Scarlett Rd.

Commercial - Second Place: Columbia House, 5900 Finch Ave. E.

Commercial - Third Place: Loblaws Supermarkets Ltd., 380 The East Mall

Last summer Toronto Parks underwent a Parks Renaissance that grew out of Mayor
Miller's Clean and Beautiful City initiative and the strategic plan for Parks,
Forestry and Recreation (PFR), Our Common Grounds. Twenty-eight prominent
gardens were rejuvenated to provide colour and interest on busy thoroughfares
and 49 "orphan spaces" were "adopted" by PFR in conjunction with
Transportation. In total PFR cares for more than 8,000 hectares of parkland,
but the majority of green space is on private property so privately owned lawns
and gardens have an enormous impact on how the city looks.

For more information about the local garden contest in Scarborough, contact For more information
about local garden contests in Etobicoke and York, call 416-622-6422 or e-mail

Media contact:

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline



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