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Adopt-a-Plot: Gardening Contest

Wow! It seems there’s a lot of interest, and the plots have all been spoken for. Thank you so much for your support.

Want to see the results? Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Langara College’s Community Day on June 15, celebrating the College’s 49 years on 49th Avenue. You’ll have a chance to pick your favourite plot for the People’s Choice award as well as enjoy the rest of festivities on campus. See you there!

Calling all seedy individuals:

So you think you can plant? If so, why not join a few friends and participate in the Adopt-a-Plot Gardening Contest as part of the Beyond 49 Community Day Celebration. The purpose of the contest is to engage faculty, staff, students, and community members to make the campus more beautiful, increase biodiversity, and plan for hardier, more drought tolerant plants as an adaptation to warmer, drier climate.

The contest
Anyone can participate in the Adopt-a-Plot Gardening Contest. A plot can be freely adopted by a single individual or group of individuals. The plots will be located on the west side of the Library building and has been prepared for planting by Facilities. Planting can begin anytime (we suggest planting in April) and the judging will take place on two separate occasions:

  • First judging: June 15, 2019 (Beyond 49 Community Day Celebration)
  • Second judging: in the early fall semester (the second judging is to determine if the plants have successfully flourished as per the criteria).

The winners of the contest will get bragging rights to being the best gardeners, and feel the pride that comes from making the world a much lovelier place to live in. In addition, the winning plot will be labelled with a plaque commemorating the event.

Garden plots
A typical plot will be a circular bed with a 2m radius around a small tree, on the west side of the Library. Teams will source the plants/seeds, plant, and maintain the plot until the end of the growing season, in the early fall. Once planted, the plots should require minimal maintenance, and should add to the beauty of the campus. Plots should be gardened with long-term sustainability in mind. Thus, plots should be dominated by perennials, many of which should be evergreen so that plots will look attractive throughout the year. Teams can buy their plants, but many plants can be sourced freely from home or from friends. Plants may also be sourced (with permission from Mario) from the community garden perennial border, the fruit garden, or the Indigenous garden. Plots should be planted no later than May 1 2019.

Criteria and judging
Plots will be judged on two separate occasions by an expert panel of four judges for the Green Thumb award (on June 15 and in the early fall). In addition, there will be a People’s Choice award given to the plot that receives the most votes on Community Day (any individuals that attend Community Day will be invited to vote for their favourite plot). Plots will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall beauty
  • Appropriateness of plants to the site
  • Biodiversity: plots should have at least 5 different species of plants; native plants are encouraged.
  • There should be no invasive plants, such as mints, blackberries.

There are 10 plots available. These will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mário Moniz de Sá
On behalf of the APAG#5 Sustainability committee

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