Winners of Richmond’s inaugural Urban Garden Contest and Showcase were recently announced by Mayor Tom Butt’s office, which launched the competition.
Eight families participated in the inaugural showcase during the July 4 weekend. The mayor launched the contest to recognize top amateur gardeners and encourage more residents in Richmond and North Richmond to grow their own food.
The first prize went to Lauren and Attila Horvath, whose garden features apples, pears, peaches, figs, blueberries, grapes, carrots, peppers, kaffir limes, tree collards and more, according to a Mayor’s Office statement. Anni Jensen earned first runner-up honors and Kelli Barram was the second runner-up.
The gardens were scored based upon variety of crops, sustainability practices, garden maintenance and also via a bonus question asking each gardener about their favorite food in their garden. Judges included Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia and Urban Tilth Executive Director Doria Robinson, with Mayor Butt acting as a tie-breaker.
“Residents and our judges toured really impressive gardens and met great families throughout the city.” Mayor Butt said. “The gardens were as unique as the various neighborhoods they were in, and having several areas represented proved that you can have a great edible garden anywhere in Richmond.”
Winners will receive prizes from event sponsors, including Annie’s Annuals and Perennials, Acapulco Rock & Soil, The Watershed Nursery, and The Urban Farmer Store. All contestants and guests were offered free compost and mulch by Republic Services and the City of Richmond.