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WRITTEN BY DEAN STAHL Special Garden Issue

About the judging

Ninety-four gardens were entered in the 11th-annual Pacific Northwest Competition for Home Gardeners, sponsored by The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest magazine and the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, in cooperation with the Arboretum Foundation. Seventy first-round judges divided into 18 teams to cover the contest area, which extended from Orting to Snohomish and Bainbridge Island to North Bend. Three rounds of judging narrowed the field.

The judges — all volunteers with strong gardening backgrounds, trained and guided by Arboretum Foundation staff — rated each garden using a scoring sheet and point system. Factors included overall design, plant use and diversity of plant material. Gardens that made the first cut were advanced to second-round judging, where new teams of judges viewed and assessed.

The grand-prize winner receives hotel expenses and a round-trip air ticket for two to London's Chelsea Flower Show in May. Second-place winners receive a trip for two to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in March, while third place wins a $500 cash award.

The top 15 winners each received $100 gift certificates from Swanson's Nursery last summer during a party at the Washington Park Arboretum. In addition, 20 Golden Scoop gift-box prizes, donated by Garden Works of Bellevue, were awarded for gardens that judges deemed particularly inspiring.

Judges for the final, third round were Brad Pugh, a landscape architect with the Larson Casteel Co. of Kingston, Kitsap County; David Lewis, a Bainbridge Island garden artist and a partner in Little and Lewis; and Susan Harrison, a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. The Arboretum Foundation's Janet Endsley accompanied these judges.

— Dean Stahl

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