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Judging Criteria
The following criteria are used when judging nominated gardens. Not all criteria are used for each judging category, but this is a good example of what judges are looking for when they visit a nominated garden.

Many thanks to the Ramsey County Master Gardeners for helping to develop the judging criteria and for judging the gardens.

Plant Selection
  • Plant material is appropriate to the setting
  • Plant materials are used in a unique or creative manner

  • Planting compliments the architecture/environment
  • Planting supports the public use of the space (does not hinder traffic patterns, provides shade and seating, etc.)
  • Plant materials are used in a unique or creative manner
  • The area is accessible for handicapped persons
  • Planting has design continuity
  • External barrier is well expressed

Visual Impact
  • Planting has a unique or interesting feature used to its full impact
  • Planting is welcoming and has an overall positive feel
  • Planting has multi-seasonal interest

  • Planting is well maintained; weeded, deadheaded and watered
  • Hardscaping is maintained; fresh paint, not chipped or worn excessively
  • If Art in the Garden is not the chosen judging category, art work will be judged as hardscaping

Environmental Award
  • Planting is sustainable and conserves inputs
  • Planting is beneficial to wildlife

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