Pottstown and Boyertown gardeners celebrate seeds of success at Home Garden Contest ceremony

It was Stephanie Beener’s 1st time moving into the Residence Backyard Contest but that did not stop her from using home a $150 1st spot cash prize all through the awards ceremony luncheon held on Sept. 26 at the Sunnybrook Ballroom’s Social Residence in Lessen Pottsgrove.

“Maybe about two or 3 years in the past, we acquired a random postcard from a neighbor that reported you should really really enter this contest,” Beener explained.

She nonetheless was not rather confident to participate but ongoing to get encouraging notes and responses about her Pottstown dwelling back garden. Beener finally determined to enter the 9th yearly Household Back garden Contest this year for the “general garden” class.

“We have a ton of men and women who say they walk by with their dog just to see the back garden through the seasons,” she explained.

Beener was one particular of extra than 30 men and women who had been identified on Sept. 26 for their home gardens. The once-a-year contest is open up to any person who resides in the Boroughs of Pottstown and Boyertown. Every borough has different judging, but all winners were regarded in the joint awards ceremony. The contest has classes for little ones, flowers, vegetables, and much more. Winners receive funds prizes.

Dave Kraybill, Pottstown Area Wellbeing & Wellness Basis president, gave the welcome at this year’s award ceremony and said the purpose of the contest.

“To inspire and aid gardening in equally newcomers and expert gardeners as this contributes to the physical and the mental overall health of residents and encourages a sense of local community among the citizens in the Pottstown and Boyertown Boroughs,” he mentioned.

A whole of 72 gardens were being part of the 2021 contest, earning it the most entries to date. Pottstown had 50 household gardens entered into the contest and Boyertown experienced 22 gardens entered into the contest.

“The fact is that a great deal of individuals above this pandemic have picked up gardening,” Kraybill stated to attendees of the awards ceremony.

He went on to say that the previous few of years have been a hard time which has led to some private problems for folks this sort of as melancholy and other mental wellbeing ailments.

Kraybill explained that dwelling gardens never just positively affect the home owner, but also profit the complete group.

“I feel we’re celebrating nowadays your success as gardeners in the backyard garden contest, but at the exact time we’re also celebrating the means of gardeners to affect the earth and your community,” Kraybill mentioned.

Beener stated the yard gave her and her husband a cause to get outside in the course of the pandemic. The few invested the pandemic tilling their backyard into a large companion backyard garden with vegetables and bouquets.

“It’s pleasant mainly because it’s bonding,” Beener said. “When we were initial together, I would backyard garden and he would not. Now that he’s into it, he likes that it’s meditative.”

Gretchen Lea, Penn Point out Extension master gardener and a member of the Property Back garden Contest committee, declared the Boyertown contest winners throughout the awards ceremony.

“There’s not something negative you can say about gardening,” Lea mentioned. “It’s not poor for your wellness. It is not lousy for your mental wellbeing. I just just cannot imagine of just about anything negative so I’m glad you’re all executing it.”

Lea said it was a excellent calendar year for Boyertown gardens as the 2021 contest observed double the entries for the borough. She claimed the gardens were being built in distinctive, creative methods.

Karrie Miller won first area in the typical backyard garden group for Boyertown residents. This was her 3rd year getting into the contest after her mate had originally inspired her to enter.

Miller explained the exact close friend obtained her intrigued in gardening about five yrs back.

“I begun accomplishing a very little little bit each and every year and it’s some thing we do with each other. We do our flower purchasing together,” Miller mentioned.

She said performing in her backyard garden is a anxiety reliever and you don’t know how considerably you are going to like gardening right until you give it a attempt.

“You can just start off out with a thing tiny and uncomplicated. It doesn’t have to be a little something big. That’s basically how I started out,” Miller stated.

The Household Garden Contest is designed attainable by way of a collaboration between the Mosaic Neighborhood Land Believe in and Developing a Much better Boyertown as perfectly as the principal sponsor, the Pottstown Location Wellbeing & Wellness Foundation. Representatives of each make up the contest committee which organizes the annual increasing function. Registration for the contest opens in the springtime. For far more facts about the contest and a whole listing of the 2021 winners, pay a visit to www.homegardencontest.com.