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Know a neighbor or friend with a beautiful, organically managed garden?  Nominate their garden (or yours) for a Phipps Sustainable Garden Award!

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To inspire Western Pennsylvania residents to design and maintain gardens that are both environmentally friendly and beautiful, we have developed the Phipps Sustainable Garden Awards program that highlights residential gardens and their gardeners that exemplify the principles of sustainable landcare.

Sustainable gardens can look very different from one another, so nominations may be made in one of five categories listed below; however, all garden nominations must, at a minimum, be managed organically and be free of invasive plants. Winners will have their garden professionally photographed and will be featured at our Native Plant and Sustainability Conference this fall.

Nomination Categories

  • Native Plantings and Wildlife Gardens – gardens featuring native plants that provide habitat for wildlife
  • Gardens that Manage Stormwater – gardens that feature rain gardens, rain barrels, swales, etc.
  • Micro-Gardens – container gardens, vertical gardens, gardens that make the best of very small spaces
  • Abundant Edible Gardens – gardens that feature annual and perennial edibles, vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs.
  • Gardens for Personal Retreat – gardens that have seating, birdbaths, garden art, and other distinctive items that create a garden refuge.

Questions? Contact Sustainable Landcare Program Coordinator Juliette Olshock at jolshock@phipps.conservatory.org.   

Phipps Sustainable Garden Awards

View the 2020 Sustainable Garden Award Winners

The winners have been chosen! Learn more about the five gardens that took top honors in our first-ever Sustainable Garden Awards.