Calling all cultivators: The Farmington Garden Club digs for entries to annual garden contest

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Farmington Press | Published June 12, 2013

 Hibiscus blooms bright in the garden of Adrienne Goldbaum, of Farmington. Her property was included in some 2012 Farmington Garden Club events.

Hibiscus blooms bright in the garden of Adrienne Goldbaum, of Farmington. Her property was included in some 2012 Farmington Garden Club events.

File photo by Deb Jacques

FARMINGTON HILLS — By now, those who have green thumbs likely have their flowers in the ground, ready for a season of beautiful blooms.

And the Farmington Garden Club is once again looking for which of those thumbs in the area is the greenest of all.
The club is now accepting entries for its 27th annual Good Neighbor Garden Contest. All non-professional gardeners living in Farmington and Farmington Hills are welcome to submit an entry form to be named one of the finest home gardens around.

“We’ve had as many as 18-30 (gardens) entered. We ask them to send in an entry blank, and then we go around and judge the ones that were entered. Some are fabulous, just really awesome,” said Betti Pool, secretary and longtime member of the Farmington Garden Club.

The entered gardens will be judged on factors such as variety, color, neatness, scale and more, according to Pool, who said there’s nothing in particular the adjudicators are looking for — just an impressive and creative growing space.

“We had one lady (enter) one time and all she had was containers, and it was beautiful,” she said.

Of course, not everyone is able to keep their own gorgeous garden, so residents are encouraged to nominate a friend or neighbor who has a worthy yard — with their permission, of course. That’s what happened when club member Chris Britts competed in the contest some time ago.

“I was panicky,” said Britts with a laugh about when her garden was nominated. “After having been in the club long enough, you know what they’re looking for. No matter how nice it looks when you look at it, the more you look at it, the more things you notice are wrong with it. But it’s a really neat experience once it’s actually happening. It always turns out to be a wonderful thing.”

The first-, second- and third-place winners will be recognized with gift certificates from Steinkopf’s Nursery. And, of course, the club will keep the entrants’ names on hand, in hopes they’ll consider being a part of a future installment of the Farmington Garden Club’s biennial Garden Walk.

Though honor and prestige are no doubt in store for winners of the Good Neighbor Garden Contest, Britts said that everyone benefits from a community filled with clean and colorful landscapes.

“The primary reason for this is to promote the beautification of Farmington neighborhoods,” she said.

For more information, including a downloadable entry form for the 2013 Good Neighbor Garden Club Contest, visit There is no cost to enter. All entries are due by July 1, to be judged the week of July 15-19.