Sharjah launches garden competition 2015

Two new categories added to competition. (File)

Sharjah Municipality yesterday officially launched the 12th version of its Best Home Garden Competition under the theme “My Garden, My City Sharjah 2015”.

However, this year is a little different. Other than just home gardens, public gardens will also be accepted as contesting landscapes.

The competition was launched yesterday and is now accepting entries. From individuals to schools to companies in Sharjah; anybody with the ambition of gardening is welcome to compete for the title of Best Garden of 2015.

Seeking to expand the green areas in the Sharjah and encourage residents to grow plants at their homes, the municipality has introduced this year a set of changes on the competition’s criteria to give the opportunity for participation to a large number of community members, Riad Abdullah Eilan, Director-General at Sharjah Municipality explained.

The municipality added two new categories to the competition: the best school garden category in which public and private schools can participate, and the best garden of a private establishment, he noted, adding that the additions would boost the interest in gardening and spreading green areas in the city.

“The competition seeks to initiate and promote an interest in gardening among residents in order to maintain the aesthetic of Sharjah’s green spaces and also aims to encourage citizens to pay more attention to agriculture and forestation and to apply creativity in the design of their home gardens.”

The competition includes three categories adhering to three different styles; the best engineered garden, most beautiful natural design and best combination of natural and modern design.

A specialized committee comprising of representatives from the Parks and Agriculture Department, Engineering Department and Corporate Communications Department will evaluate each garden based on multiple criteria including the distinctive design, type of plants, methods of cultivation etc.

Enthusiastic gardeners can register for the competition until February 12 by calling Sharjah Municipality’s Department of Corporate Communications or by visiting the municipality’s website.

The competition was launched in 2003 and has contributed effectively in encouraging citizens to give their wide attention to plantation and agriculture, added Eilan.
 

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