ISSUE 22  |  DIY Landscaping

Announcing the 2015 Gardenista Considered Design Awards

June 01, 2015 4:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Today we’re thrilled to launch the third annual Gardenista Considered Design Awards, in which we honor our readers’ design skills and admire their home gardens and outdoor spaces. Read on to learn more about the contest, how to enter, and what each winner stands to win.

You finally finished your outdoor kitchen. Your herb garden is in its prime. Your indoor succulents are thriving just so, and now is the time to flaunt it. Everyday, we show you the gardens and outdoor spaces we love; now it’s your turn to share. 

Our awards program is open to all readers–professional designers, home gardeners, and newbies alike–and we’re hoping to see tight-space window boxes, dramatic sprawling landscapes, and everything in between. Remodels, rentals, and new projects are all welcome. 

Above: Every winning project will be profiled with a full post on Gardenista, and this year’s prize is a $200 gift card from prize sponsor Terrain. Winners will be announced on August 16 (note: changed from initial date of August 8).

Contest Categories:

Best Overall Garden (Amateur): The best overall outdoor garden designed by a non-professional.

Best Small Garden (Amateur): Indoor gardens, houseplants, window boxes, fire-escape gardens, container gardens, vertical gardens, and more.

Best Outdoor Living Space (Everyone): Outdoor sitting rooms and lounge spaces, outdoor kitchens, outdoor dining rooms, outdoor showers and baths, and more.

Best Edible Garden (Everyone): Kitchen gardens, vegetable patches, raised beds, outdoor herb gardens, etc.

Best Hardscape Project (Everyone): Stairways, decks and patios, driveways, paths, fences, swimming pools, garden gates, trellises, and more.

Best Professional Landscape (Professional): The best overall outdoor garden or landscape designed by a professional.

Interiors enthusiasts, there’s a competition for you, too: The Remodelista Considered Design Awards has six categories this year, with separate contests for amateur designers and professional work. Head to Remodelista for details. 

Important 2015 Dates:

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 22 by Midnight PT

Finalists Announced and Reader Voting Begins: Wednesday, July 15 (note: changed from initial date of July 8)

Reader Voting Ends: Saturday, August 15 (note: changed from initial date of August 7)

Winners Announced: Sunday, August 16 (note: changed from initial date of August 8)

How to Enter:

Our Entry Form is simpler than ever. Submit up to six photos of your space along with a descriptive caption for each photo and a design statement explaining your overall project. You can submit one project in each category for which you qualify. All projects will be published live on our Awards Hub Page within minutes of submitting.

Remodelista editors will review all entries, and our judges will choose up to five finalists in each category. When we announce our finalists on July 8, Gardenista readers will be invited to vote.  

See our Official Rules and FAQ for more information, and Enter the Contest here. 

Readers, don’t forget to come back and weigh in during the voting period.  

Good luck!