The largest ever garden competition in Turku will encourage city residents to give their gardens a make-over. District juries appointed by local property associations and city district societies will provide support and guidance for the garden improvements. The juries will select the best gardens from their own districts in categories including Private Houses, Terraced Houses, Holiday Houses, Apartment Buildings, Enterprise Buildings and Public Gardens.
A new variety of tulip has been introduced to Turku for the garden competition. The flower, named Tulipa Aboa Turku, has been obtained from Holland by Arno Kasvi, a nationally highly regarded garden counsellor from Turku. During the spring of 2011, the new variety will explode into orange blossom around Turku in private gardens, public parks and along the river banks.
The use of the Tulipa Aboa Turku tulip will be one of the evaluation criteria for selecting the most beautiful gardens. Juries will also look for more permanent Capital of Culture symbols developed by the residents themselves, such as trees and interesting objects or, for example, lighting arrangements as innovative lighting is one of the garden evaluation criteria. During the finals phase, online voting will take place to make the final selection of the most beautiful gardens in the public and enterprise categories.
The garden competition is organised by the Turun Pientalojen Keskusjärjestö Property Association, the Turkuseura - Åbosamfunder Association, City of Turku, the Southwestern Finland Property Association and Turku Entrepreneurs.
15 June: Regional juries submit their material to the Award Committee
November: Competition results are released
Summer 2012: Public tours for the best gardens of the Capital of Culture
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