The village of Orland Park invites single-family homeowners to compete in the annual garden contest, which was created in the late 1990s to recognize residents’ hard work on their gardens. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 17, 2013 6:03AM
Orland Park is holding its annual Garden Contest for amateur gardeners. The contest recognizes residents’ efforts to beautify their neighborhoods.
More than 150 homeowners have competed since the program was proposed in the late 1990s by Village Trustee Brad O’Halloran.
“The village’s garden contest — which is separate from the June 23 Open Lands Garden Walk — is a great way for the village to recognize the hard work so many residents put into their gardens,” Mayor Dan McLaughlin, an avid gardener, said in a news release. “When you drive through the village’s subdivisions, you see the results of hours of labor that people put into their gardens. We want to recognize what these residents do to beautify their homes, their neighborhoods and the Orland Park community.”
The competition is open to residents of single-family homes within the village limits.
Traditional or unusual gardens may enter. Judging is based on originality, creativity and overall maintenance, as well as the use of native landscaping, color, texture, and the combination of plants and flowers used.
Landscape architects, contractors or professional gardeners are not eligible. Awards will be presented for first, second and third places, with honorable mention awards for gardens with special features.
Applications are available online by visiting www.orland-park.il.us, or at Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., and the Recreation Administration Building, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave.
The deadline to enter is June 28. Judging will be in mid- to late July or early August. Awards will be presented at a September village board meeting.
Contestants need not be home at the time of judging.
For more information, call (708) 403-6145.