Meet the winners of the 2022 Dispatch Backyard Garden Awards

You might simply call Tricia Brown’s backyard garden the bee’s knees.

The Lancaster resident’s organic and natural vegetable backyard is stuffed with a mix of crops, herbs and flowers created to draw pollinating bees. The bucolic house was named Ideal of Exhibit in this year’s Dispatch Yard Back garden Awards.

“I was aiming just to get into the pageant,” explained Brown, 57, who entered the contest very last 12 months. “I wasn’t expecting the Best of Exhibit.”

The honor was introduced Sept. 10, for the duration of the Slide Dispatch Household & Garden Display. The fifth edition of the celebration also acknowledged gardens in the types of landscape, native vegetation, perennials, community yard, vegetable and container. A People’s Decision prize was also provided.

Kay Hoagland and the Saint Andrew Christian Church community garden in Dublin.
Gardeners' comments: The Saint Andrew Christian Church community garden strives to annually donate between 700 and 1,000 pounds of fresh and organic produce to the Help My Neighbor Food Bank. The photo shows our harvest in mid-July that included white and purple potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, zucchini, turnips with tops, white and red onions. Future harvests will include carrots and beets with tops. Both the church and the food bank are located on Smoky Row Road in Dublin, so we are really helping our neighbors with healthy food security.

The Dispatch provides the function in collaboration with Oakland Nurseries, AgPro and the At Residence portion, and learn gardeners from OSU Extension choose the winning gardens from the entries.

Brown, 57, was encouraged to create her backyard in 2019 when, immediately after a lot of many years of renting residences and tending to gardens at every, she and her spouse, Thomas Rhyne, purchased a property of their personal.