On Thursday, October 18th, we are pleased to kick off the annual Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show with the Hamilton In Bloom awards celebration which recognizes Trillium Award recipients for 2012. This update provides an overview of the Hamilton Trillium Awards Program and the 92nd annual Mum Show theme, “The Jungle”, that runs from October 19th to 28th.

The 2012 Hamilton Trillium Awards Program, formerly called “The Hamilton Beautification Awards Program”, was established in 1956. One of the oldest and largest beautification programs in North America, the program promotes and encourages community pride through the recognition of excellence in landscape design, maintenance and effort to beautify properties making a positive contribution to the City’s image.

The Trillium Awards program involves judging of every residential and commercial property based on specific criteria including curb appeal, landscape maintenance and landscape design, nominations are not required. Supported by city staff, the volunteer executive committee plans and administers all aspects of the program including the recruitment and training of over 300 volunteer judges to determine award winners in the following program categories:

White Trillium Award
Two properties per zone with the highest scores receive the White Trillium Awards.
Only single family residential properties are eligible.

RBG Pink Trillium Award
One property per ward is selected from the white trillium award winners.

Red Trillium Award
One property is selected from the pink trillium award winners. The Red Trillium Award is judged by a “select” panel including the Chair of the Executive Committee, the Red Trillium winner from the previous year and three experts in the field of horticulture. The winner will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on October 18, 2012 at the Hamilton In Bloom Celebration Event.

Awards of Excellence – Corporate Award Program
The Awards of Excellence Awards are presented to selected nominees from industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential properties across the City.

Hamilton In Bloom Celebration Event
The event is an evening to recognize our Horticulture programs. We will recognize our Hamilton In Bloom traffic island sponsors. The RBG Pink Trillium Award winners, the Awards of Excellence recipients, as well as the Red Trillium Award winner will formally receive their awards at the annual Hamilton In Bloom Celebration Event to be held on October 18, 2012 at the Gage Park Greenhouse. Presentations to designated Ancaster and Flamborough Trillium award winners are included as part of the ceremony.

The official opening and preview of the 92nd annual Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show will be a highlight of the evening. The show theme, “The Jungle”, created by the Horticulture staff will feature several jungle areas using 200 varieties of chrysanthemums with more than 76,000 blooms. Some of the features to the 92nd annual show included several animal oasis features, an amazon waterfall and several tiki huts.

The Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show operates daily 10am to 8pm from October 19th to 28th 2012 at the newly built greenhouse in Gage Park. The show includes a tea room, marketplace area and a family zone.

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