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Lily Awards

Part of the mandate of the Horticulture Committee is to develop and implement programs that will encourage residential, institutional and commercial property owners to contribute to a more attractive community. 

The Community Garden Awards are intended to help foster civic pride while encouraging ratepayers to maintain attractive front yards while contributing to community beautification.

In 2012, upon recommendation from the Horticulture Committee, Council adopted the Night Beacon daylily as the Official Flower for the Township of Tay. In light of this, the Committee would like to designate the Community Garden Awards as the Lily Awards.

Nominations

Ratepayers are eligible to submit nominations until July 26, 2019 with judging being conducted the first week of August. As the program is designed to recognize and encourage community beautification, the focus will be on front yards. In order to be eligible the front yard garden must be within the Township and can be a private residence, a school or church yard, or a commercial business. 

We encourage the public to nominate a private or commercial garden/landscapes that are visible from the street.

Judging

Once nominations have closed the Horticulture Committee members will travel to see all nominated gardens during the first week of August. Gardens will be evaluated based on 'impact/wow' factor, overall appearance, tidiness, unique features and environmental awareness. Once the gardens have all been assessed, the Lily Award recipients will be selected and notified.

Award

In addition to the sense of gratification of your efforts gardeners awarded with the annual Lily Award would receive a sign for their front yard advising anyone going by that their garden has received a Lily Award. The signs would be posted on the lawns for approximately 1 month and the recipients would be invited to the August Council meeting to be presented with certificates recognizing their efforts and community contribution.

Prior award winners have been:

2015                  
332 Percy Street
485 Sturgeon Bay Road
268 Ellen Street
58 Jephson Street
600 First Avenue
4278 Hogg Valley Rd (Hill Cress Dog Haven)

2016      
10 McMulkin Lane
1900 Gratrix Rd
53 Meadows
6068 Vasey Rd
18 Sunset Court
337 Pine St (Waubaushene Heritage)

2017      
29 King Road
17 Georgias Walk
90 Windermere Circle/90 Pineview
5794 Vasey Road
152 William Street

2018
165 Osborne Street
115 Coldwater Road
2422 Old Fort Road
43 Robins Point Road
330 Pine Street