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Register for Annual Chicago Gardening Contest

Photo Credit Julie Siegel

The 2023 Chicago Excellence in Gardening Awards (CEGA), the only citywide program of its kind, is celebrating its seventh year of rewarding gardeners for the beauty and sustainability they bring to their backyards and to their neighborhoods. The program is accepting online applications from May 1 through June 30, and winners will be announced at the annual ceremony in September at Wild Blossom Meadery and Winery, adjacent to Dan Ryan Woods, on Chicago’s south side.

CEGA welcomes Chicago residents, businesses and institutions to enter their backyards, parkways, community gardens, schools, work locations, rooftops, container gardens and even urban farms. Each garden is visited in person by a CEGA judge, and winning entries are presented with a certificate and an all-weather sign courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, a CEGA partner.

Open only to gardens in the city of Chicago, there is no entry fee and only one entry per garden will be accepted. For more information and to register, visit