It was Stephanie Beener’s first time coming into the Home Garden Contest however that didn’t cease her from taking dwelling a $150 first place money prize in the course of the awards ceremony luncheon held on Sept. 26 on the Sunnybrook Ballroom’s Social House in Lower Pottsgrove.
“Maybe about two or three years ago, we got a random postcard from a neighbor that said you should really enter this contest,” Beener stated.
She nonetheless wasn’t fairly satisfied to take part however continued to obtain encouraging notes and feedback about her Pottstown dwelling backyard. Beener lastly determined to enter the 9th annual Home Garden Contest this 12 months for the “general garden” class.
“We have a lot of people who say they walk by with their dog just to see the garden through the seasons,” she stated.
Beener was one in all greater than 30 people who have been acknowledged on Sept. 26 for his or her dwelling gardens. The annual contest is open to anybody who resides inside the Boroughs of Pottstown and Boyertown. Each borough has separate judging, however all winners have been acknowledged within the joint awards ceremony. The contest has classes for kids, flowers, greens, and extra. Winners obtain money prizes.
Dave Kraybill, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation president, gave the welcome at this 12 months’s award ceremony and stated the aim of the competition.
“To encourage and support gardening in both beginners and experienced gardeners as this contributes to the physical and the mental health of residents and promotes a sense of community among the residents in the Pottstown and Boyertown Boroughs,” he stated.
A complete of 72 gardens have been a part of the 2021 contest, making it essentially the most entries so far. Pottstown had 50 dwelling gardens entered into the competition and Boyertown had 22 gardens entered into the competition.
“The reality is that a lot of people over this pandemic have picked up gardening,” Kraybill stated to attendees of the awards ceremony.
He went on to say that the previous couple of years have been a difficult time which has led to some private challenges for folks resembling despair and different psychological well being problems.
Kraybill defined that dwelling gardens don’t simply positively influence the house owner, but additionally profit the entire group.
“I think we’re celebrating today your success as gardeners in the garden contest, but at the same time we’re also celebrating the ability of gardeners to influence the world and your neighborhood,” Kraybill stated.
Beener stated the backyard gave her and her husband a purpose to get open air in the course of the pandemic. The couple spent the pandemic tilling their yard into an enormous companion backyard with greens and flowers.
“It’s nice because it’s bonding,” Beener stated. “When we were first together, I would garden and he wouldn’t. Now that he’s into it, he likes that it’s meditative.”
Gretchen Lea, Penn State Extension grasp gardener and a member of the Home Garden Contest committee, introduced the Boyertown contest winners in the course of the awards ceremony.
“There’s not anything bad you can say about gardening,” Lea stated. “It’s not bad for your health. It’s not bad for your mental health. I just can’t think of anything bad so I’m glad you’re all doing it.”
Lea stated it was an awesome 12 months for Boyertown gardens because the 2021 contest noticed double the entries for the borough. She stated the gardens have been designed in several, inventive methods.
Karrie Miller gained first place within the basic backyard class for Boyertown residents. This was her third 12 months coming into the competition after her good friend had initially inspired her to enter.
Miller stated the identical good friend acquired her excited by gardening about 5 years in the past.
“I started doing a little bit each year and it’s something we do together. We do our flower shopping together,” Miller stated.
She stated working in her backyard is a stress reliever and also you don’t know the way a lot you’ll like gardening till you give it a attempt.
“You can just start out with something small and simple. It doesn’t have to be something large. That’s actually how I started,” Miller stated.
The Home Garden Contest is made potential via a collaboration between the Mosaic Community Land Trust and Building a Better Boyertown in addition to the principle sponsor, the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. Representatives of every make up the competition committee which organizes the annual rising occasion. Registration for the competition opens within the springtime. For extra details about the competition and a full record of the 2021 winners, go to www.homegardencontest.com.