2016 Standards announced its first inspection in April and ended with another announced and final year-end inspection in November. They also made three unannounced inspections and followed up with some quick checks. At each inspection, gardens were scored based on their adherence to the published guidelines. Each score was determined by utilizing paper ballots, to ensure that each vote held equal weight and was private.
In addition, the 2016 Board and Committee worked with people who requested help.
At each inspection, any garden that met club guidelines was also eligible to be nominated for a "Best Garden Award", and those nominations were also made via paper ballot. A wide variety of gardens received nominations, and each, in some way, moved or impressed the voters. At our October General meeting, the winners of the best garden awards were announced. There were 10 best gardens, with one earning the title of "Garden of the Year".
2016 Garden of the Year:
Elizabeth Bolden B30
2016 Top Ten Garden Awards (in no particular order):
Judith & Kwasi Long B26
Julie Lipp B27
Jamie Santamour A9
Scott Holleman C12
Michael Biegenek B33
Ed Gardener & Dorothy Skelin D5
Julia Ferguson & Jerome Dutilloy C38
Shelley Yu B25
Georg Kell D2