Garden Of Merit

by Josh on December 18, 2007 · 7 comments

in garden,Journal,Local

Our award certificate from Minneapolis Blooms that I mentioned a couple months back arrived in the mail today, proclaiming our yard a “Garden of Merit.”

That’s an important-sounding title, but the letter accompanying the award helpfully clarifies what it takes to merit the award. After one of our neighbors nominated our garden, someone with the Metro Blooms organization came by our house to evaluate our garden on the following criteria:

  • Use of color
  • Plant variety
  • Design
  • Maintenance
  • Environmental stewardship

We were awarded points in each of these categories and, based on that point total, slotted into a hierarchy of award levels. For 2007, there were 196 Certificate of Appreciation awards, 722 Garden of Merit awards, 497 First Place awards, and 177 First Place Exceptional awards. According to my calculation, that would make ours one of the 1,396 best gardens in Minneapolis. Yes, we’re in elite company here.

Putting aside the kidding about the exclusivity of our award, the recognition program is certainly working its intended effect on me. Now that I know I can earn points for installing another rain barrel, mulching my plants, or weeding my beds I want to get to work so I can try to advance to the First Place level in 2008. Ms. Bungalow has an even more competitive personality than me, so she’s certain to be more motivated than ever to improve the garden next year.

Meanwhile, here are a couple pictures of how the garden looks now. Clearly we have a bit of time left before gardening season.

Coneflower in Snow

Frosty Grass in Snow

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy December 18, 2007 at 8:54 am

Congrats! The garden looks lovely even in the winter – it has a stately grandeur that exclaims “wait until you see me in the spring”.


Josh December 18, 2007 at 11:45 am

Thanks, Sandy. I think “stately grandeur” is a terrific euphemism for snow.

“My garden is overflowing with ‘stately grandeur’ this winter. Wait until you can see it in the spring.”


Sandy December 20, 2007 at 12:35 pm



Sandy December 29, 2007 at 8:05 am

A New Year full of love, happiness, health and prosperity is wished for you and the family!


Sandy January 20, 2008 at 7:29 am

Hope you and the garden haven’t been snowed in! LOL

It is a whopping 6º here (with a -10º wind chill) here. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!


Sandy February 26, 2008 at 9:12 am

Well, I now have a ton of “merit” all over the place… and the merit is still really coming down!


Josh March 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Thanks for checking in, Sandy. We’re finally starting to really melt the snow that has covered the garden all winter.


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