Winner announced in the first community garden bed competition

Town of Pelham press release – Four teams maintained garden beds in the community this summer, and one, 3rd Fonthill Scouting, was named the winner of the community garden bed competition.

“The winner of our competition won by one point over the talented Pelham Garden Club,” said Pelham Beautification Committee Chair and judge Jen Pilzecker. “The win is attributed to the use of colourful mums which are often perennial in Niagara’s growing zone and the nice combination of annuals with consideration of plant layering and movement.”

The garden bed competition, born from a motion from Councillor Lisa Haun, maximized the time residents may have had due to stay-at-home orders by the province during the pandemic. Combined with the Town’s decreased staff and service levels during the pandemic, competitors were asked to support local growers and spruce up flower beds that would have otherwise gone unplanted this year.

“The Town of Pelham Beautification Committee would like to thank all of the competitors for their efforts to bring life and colour to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pilzecker. “You brightened the lives of all of those who were able to stop and admire your hard work.”

The beds, fully maintained by individual teams (save for a once-a-week watering by the Town), were cared for during the summer and readied for judging this past Labour Day weekend.

The judges, members of the Pelham Beautification Committee, braved the high winds and heavy rains Labour Day Monday, judging all the competition beds. Based on the contest criteria posted on the Town’s website, the judge’s results were:

1st – 3rd Fonthill Scouting
2nd – Pelham Garden Club
3rd – Meridian Credit Union
4th– Shawn Petlichkov and Daniel Kilmowicz (sponsored by Lookout Point)