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Does your garden have what it takes to be the best?

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Calling all Burnsville Green Thumbs

Spring is here (hopefully to stay)! The time of year when Burnsville is bursting with pristine, well-manicured roadways, trails, parks and gardens. Does yours have what it takes to be one of the best? For the past four years, the Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) has spearheaded an annual Garden & Landscape Contest. With Cal’s Market & Garden Center as our sponsor, this contest gives us a chance to recognize and highlight these amazing displays as well as also reward those that help keep our community looking gorgeous.

As one former contestant stated, “The contest is a great opportunity to promote the beauty of Burnsville. Additionally, it’s an opportunity to promote the concept of front-yard gardening which we feel contributes to the attractiveness of a whole neighborhood”.

The popularity of this contest has grown significantly over the last few years, with nominations steadily increasing each year. Both small and large entries are welcome so if you feel your garden (or your family’s’, friends’ or neighbors’) is worthy of recognition then check out the criteria below and see if it qualifies!

To qualify for a shot at year-long bragging rights:

  • Nominees must be located within Burnsville City Limits
  • Must be visible from the street
  • Must match criteria for the submitted category

The next steps:

  • All the nominations received are reviewed and finalists narrowed down by BCVB staff.
  • Finalists will be reviewed in early July by a panel of judges who evaluate each display on a number of different criteria.
  • The top three entries in each category will be pronounced the winners!

The contest goes social!

Once again this year, we’re getting social with this contest and want you to join us. We encourage you to go and vote for your favorite garden or display on Facebook.* Watch for finalists photos to be posted in July. Anyone can participate!

To vote, simply “like” the BCVB fan page on Facebook and let us know which one you like best by “liking” your favorite photo. You can also follow the contest on Twitter by following the BCVB at @burnsvillemncvb.

Along with the satisfaction, pride and bragging rights that come along with winning the contest, the winners also receive some pretty sweet prizes! The following prizes are awarded in all categories.

1st Place Prize:

$100 Gift Card to Cal’s Market & Garden Center

2nd Place Prize:

$50 Gift Card to a Burnsville Restaurant

3rd Place Prize:

Four tickets to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

To recognize the winners and highlight their gardens, awards and prizes will be presented at a special awards ceremony during a Burnsville City Council Meeting in early August.

G&L Contest Photos - 1st Place Residential Jim Losenicky & Bill Panos

With so many reasons to enter, get “growing” and submit those nominations today by visiting or pick up a form at any of the following locations starting June 1:

  • Burnsville Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Burnsville City Hall
  • Cal’s Market and Garden Center
  • Cornerstone Copy Center
  • Jo Jo’s Rise & Wine

All submissions must be accompanied by a photo to be considered. Nominations are being accepted starting June 17th through July 15th, 2015. We’ll call you if you make it to the final round.

*Please note: “liking” a finalist’s photo on Facebook will not increase that person’s chance of winning.