St. Louis (April 28, 2016) – For 30 years, Gateway Greening has educated and empowered individuals to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agricultur. This year, Gateway Greening is bringing back the popular Community Garden Contest, that calls for Gateway Greening supported community gardens to submit their garden as the “best” of one of the five categories below. Does YOUR garden have what it takes?

Art in the Garden A garden that incorporates art to express itself or community identity. Examples of art in the garden may or may not thematically relate directly to gardening.

Biodiversity A garden that widely incorporates plantings to support biodiversity, or wildlife habitats that support a variety of species and variability within species.

Garden to be a Kid In A garden that is inclusively designed to maximize youth engagement.

Hang Out Garden A garden that you want to relax, kick back and socialize in.

Intensive Veggie Production A garden that maximizes vegetable productivity using various intensive growing strategies, such as succession planting, season extension, vertical growing or square foot gardening.

In September, the winning gardens can show off their garden “digs” in the St. Louis Community Garden Tour.

To enter your garden or to view submissions, visit Submissions are due by May 31, 2016.

Garden judging takes place on June 18, 2016. Want to be a judge? Great! Visit to register as a judge in one of the five categories.


About Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening has been working to provide creative, grassroots solutions to urban problems since 1984. Programs include supporting more than 200 community and youth-focused gardens across the St. Louis area through educational opportunities, garden supplies and technical assistance; and Gateway Greening’s Urban Farm, a 2.5-acre farm in downtown St. Louis that provides therapeutic horticulture and a jobs training program. Visit Gateway Greening at @gatewaygreening.