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In what neighbourhood will we find Ottawa’s best home garden? In 2022, Emma is participating as an official judge in search of the best of the best. 

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Over $1000 in prizes to be won!

Last summer, Apt613 launched Ottawa’s Best Home Garden, an initiative aimed at showcasing Ottawa’s green thumb and fine folks who are augmenting the beauty of our city.

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May 4, 2022: Let there be light! Planting the seeds for the second-ever Ottawa’s Best Home Garden contest. Registration is now open! Register your garden here.

Aug 7, 2022: Contest submission deadline.

Aug 15, 2022: Shortlist announced on and public voting begins

Aug 30, 2022: Winners of the grand prizes (TBA) in their respective categories will be announced on

The winners of Ottawa’s Best Home Garden contest in 2021 received:Top Prize (ballot): One $250 gift card for Robert Plante GreenhousesBonus Prizes (raffle): One of five $50 gift cards for Robert Plante Greenhouses or Ritchie Feed & Seed garden centres

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Emma Terrell, Judge

This year, Emma will be on the panel of judges with the responsibility of assessing a garden's biodiversity and sustainable efforts by the gardener.

Want to learn some tips and see more of what Emma's looking for? Head to our Instagram to learn more about how you can boost your garden's biodiversity this summer!

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What's new in 2022?

This year, Apt 613 is thrilled to expand the #BestGarden613 contest. Gardeners now have the entire summer, starting from May 4th and until August to submit their gardens at their best. Capture your early peony blooms or the full blossom of your July flowers.

Another new update is a new category for balcony gardens. Let’s be honest, comparing backyard gardens to balcony gardens is like comparing apples to oranges. So this year we will be voting for backyard and front yard gardens separately from balcony gardens.

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