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With another spectacular crop of submissions, the amazing ingenuity and zeal of all contestants cannot be overstated - a grandiose cheer to all! Thanks to all the wonderful participants for your brilliant submissions, helping to promote the wonder of small-space edible gardens and inspire container gardeners to get creative! The Toronto Green Community, Riverdale Food Working Group and Toronto Balconies Bloom are delighted to showcase 2012 CONTEST WINNERS and PRIZES & SPONSORS here. Enjoy the passion and inventiveness of winners, award sponsors and celebrity garden judges for producing food in small spaces. Browse through the wonderful images and stories that swept our judges' admiration.  Delight in the beauty and resourcefulness of enthusiasts for growing crops in pots! 


Photos were judged by celebrity gardeners and prizes awarded based on creativity, innovation, aesthetic value, plant vitality and plant design. The basic guidelines were that 75% of the plant material be edible and containers be salvaged, recycled, reused, reusable, DIY or handcrafted. For details, see Contest Rules and Guidelines.

Judges: Who are they?

Enjoy the inspired contributions, personal and instructive, of our dedicated panel of contest jurors - Cecilia Macaulay, Katie Fullerton and Zora Ignjatovic - on these pages.

Sponsors and Prizes:

Sincerest thanks to the generosity of those who helped make this contest a bloomin' success by donating a gift for contest winners: Book City on Danforth, Brookside FarmRenee's GardenRob SprouleSheridan NurseriesToronto Master GardenersUrban HarvestVandermeer Nursery and Veseys. Click to view this year's prizes.


One Judge's Tips: Photographing plants in pots

A Master Gardener's Top 10 for Fall Containers:

Elizabeth Stewart of the Toronto Master Gardeners shares her favourite edibles for late season pots.


For Inspiration: 

Group of Seven inspires the group of 7 contest volunteers to create this gallery. (Hover mouse over image and/or click for titles.)