• Anyone can enter a front yard.
  • Yards and gardens should be connected or adjacent to a residence or building that has a mailing address.
  • Please consult Ontario’s Noxious Weeds list before planning your garden or nominating a garden that may include these species. Yards with weeds may still be entered, but volunteer judges use the presence of weeds as one of their criteria for considering a yard for an award.
  • Front yards will have “curb appeal”, and so should be in full view from the sidewalk – not hidden with wooden fence or locked gates.
  • Yards must contain at least 25% non-turf plants.
    Yards can include non-plant decorations (signs, placards etc) that show and celebrate appreciation for Front Line Workers or Agriculture, but this cannot make up more than 25% of the yard.

Submit your entry by July 27, 2020 at 12PM:

Email: with the subject “Front Yard Competition” 

If you have more than two gardens to enter, you can submit multiple entries.


All gardens must be visible to the public.

  1. Residential 
  2. High-Density Residential, like condos and apartments
  3. Commercial, like non-residential businesses
  4. Community, like schools and churches

Judging Criteria


  • balance
  • originality
  • selection and arrangement of plants, trees and shrubs
  • design of traffic flow
  • ability to show celebration of Agriculture or Front Line Workers.

Hard Landscaping

  • use of driveway paving and walkways
  • use of stones, rocks, statuary, containers
  • walls, fencing and water features

Condition and Maintenance

  • cleanliness of garden and area
  • free from disease and weeds
  • good garden practices
  • suitable ground cover

Use of Plant Material

  • variety
  • spacing and balance
  • appropriate use of perennials and/or native species
  • use of colour and texture

Entries will be posted on Facebook and entry with the most Likes will be chosen as the winner.
The Peterborough Agricultural Society reserves the right to make a decision in respect to all matters to do with the competition and that decision will be final.

Peterborough Agricultural Society 2020
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