The Chicago Bungalow Association’s annual garden contest, now in its fifth year, has blossomed into a highly anticipated event. This year’s contest is sure to be more competitive than ever, with expanded eligibility and the doubling of winners’ cash prizes.
In past years, the contest was limited to brick bungalows, but now owners of all styles of bungalow — frame, stucco, etc. — can enter. At stake is a $500 cash prize in each of three categories: front garden, rear/side garden and window/planter boxes.
The contest is open to CBA members; bungalow owners who are not yet members can join the group for free. Five randomly selected entrants will receive a free rain barrel.
Submissions are open through July 6. Ten finalists in each category will be chosen by CBA staff and then put to a popular vote online July 9-14. Winners will be announced July 26.
According to CBA, native gardens have become increasingly popular among entrants, but regardless of style, a common theme has been the notion of gardens providing an oasis from urban life.
For the second year, CBA will donate $25 to South and West side community gardens for every eligible contest entry received. In 2020, that translated into a total of $3,000 donated to six community gardens.