This year’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest is already rolling, but luckily for all you gardeners, registration is open until June 1! The competition evaluates by residential and commercial entries across the borough on the way they’ve employed cooperative cleaning, greening, and sustainable practices near their homes and businesses.
In addition to the Greenest Block prize, categories this year include Best Window Box, Greenest Storefront, Best Street Tree Beds, Best Community Garden Streetscape, and the National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices Award, and Best Children’s Gardening Project. Entries are judged on a number of criteria including color and variety of plants and citizen participation–so even if you don’t live on a block with lots of grass and mature trees, all you need is some effort and neighborly collaboration to win.
Last year, Park Slope had two big winners — Sterling Place between 7th and Flatbush Avenues received 2nd Place and 8th Street between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West received 3rd Place, both in the residential category. Think we can best that? Prizes include cash and gardening supplies to keep your block going strong — plus the glory of winning and the reward of getting to know your neighbors a bit better — so be sure to sign up before June 1.