Summertime Congratulations! During their July inspection, Standards voted on the following plots in the following categories:
The Standards Committee favorite job is to acknowledge the excellent work that gardeners do. Our review is conducted over time, in the course of the year, for plots in sun or shade, for flowers or vegetables.
Best May Garden: A02 Ali Schwayri
Best June Garden: A03 Aiesha Eleusizov
Best July Garden: A01 Beverly Shutes
Best August Garden: C28 Curtis Lowrey
Best Sept Garden: D05 Dorothy Skelin
Most Improved: D01 Jorg Meyer
The gardeners on the Standards committee work hard every year and this year they had to reboot our regular seasonal inspections. Standards motivates us all to take the time to slow down and to come out and garden! As a community garden, we take our responsibility to the earth and to our neighbors on the waitlist seriously. We promote active gardening in this space that we share with the visiting public and the standards committee works hard to help us do that. Join them!
Some plot holders keep vegetable gardens, others choose herbs, flowers, and berries. Some garden in sun and others in shade. Some gardeners prefer a natural style with native plants for birds and pollinators, others plant perennials and annuals into a formal rock garden or traditional style. Whatever gardeners choose, it is important to be active and to come out to enjoy your plot.
Thank you, RIGC Standards!
The RIGC 2016 Standards Committee was composed of 11 members and aimed at encouraging as much gardening as possible to keep our gardens more beautiful than ever.
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".
And the winners were....
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
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