Your time for recognition has arrived!
Spring has sprung! The time of year when our snow-covered community comes alive with green grass, budding trees, colorful flowering blossoms, and numerous other plants (many native to our area), has finally arrived. Burnsville is bursting with pristine, well-manicured roadways, trails, parks and gardens.
Keeping the community visually appealing is not only a top priority for the City of Burnsville, but for its residents and businesses as well. Together, they play a vital role in adding to the lovely and diverse landscape we all enjoy. Civic pride abounds in Burnsville, which makes finding beautiful displays to admire an easy task.
Attention Gardening Gurus
For the past three years, the Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB), with help from Cal’s Market & Garden Center, has spearheaded an annual Garden & Landscape Contest. This contest not only gives us a chance to recognize and highlight these amazing displays, but also reward those that help keep our community looking gorgeous.
Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) Executive Director, Amie Burrill, stated, “This event gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation to residents and business owners who keep the community looking great. Having a city with widespread visual appeal makes our job of attracting visitors much easier”.
Gardening and landscaping is cool.
The popularity of this contest has grown significantly since its inception, with nominations steadily increasing each year. Both small and large entries are welcome. We’ve seen every kind of entry – from small porch gardens to multi-acre spreads by residents and businesses.
Do you meet the following criteria? Does your neighbor?
Get your nomination filed today!
To qualify for a shot at year-long bragging rights:
❏ nominees must be located within Burnsville City Limits
❏ be visible from the street
❏ 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!
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 at Facebook.com/BurnsvilleConventionVisitorsBureau 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 late July or early August.
Many of our former contestants and winners put a lot of hard work into their gardens and have said that the opportunity to show their work to those in the community brings them a sense of great pride and joy. Others have said that they love the opportunity to show the beauty of Burnsville and to encourage front-yard gardening to further enhance Burnsville’s curb appeal.
With so many reasons to enter, get “growing” and submit those nominations today by visiting www.Burnsvillemn.com/Garden-Contest.cfm or pick up a form at any of the following locations:
➔ 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 now through June 30th, 2014. 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.
Read what past winners have to say about their passion for gardening and their experience with the Burnsville Garden & Landscape Contest.