Orland Park Seeks Gardens for Annual Contest

Orland Park Seeks Gardens for Annual Contest
Posted on 05/23/2013

The Village of Orland Park invites amateur gardeners to enter its annual Garden Contest. More than 150 homeowners have competed since the program was first proposed by Trustee Brad O’Halloran in the late 1990s. Orland Park’s Garden Contest recognizes residents’ efforts to beautify their neighborhoods.

“The village’s garden contest --- which is separate from the June 23rd Open Lands Garden Walk --- is a great way for the village to recognize the hard work so many residents put into their gardens,” said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin, an avid gardener.

“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 mayor said.

The competition is open to residents of single-family homes within the corporate limits of the Village of Orland Park. Traditional and/or unusual gardens are welcome. 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.

“The Open Lands Garden Walk is a fundraiser to preserve open space in the village,” explained Trustee Brad O’Halloran. “The village’s Garden Contest is an actual competition among residents who enjoy gardening and making their homes and neighborhoods beautiful,” he said.

Landscape architects, contractors or professional gardeners are not eligible to compete. Awards will be presented for first, second and third place with honorable mention awards for gardens with special features.

Applications are available on the village’s website at www.orland-park.il.us, at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue and at the Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia.

The deadline to enter is June 28, 2013 with judging held 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.