Think Your Block Is the Greenest in Brooklyn? Enter the Botanic Garden’s Competition to Find Out

Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Avenues, winners of the 24th annual contest. Photo by Susan De Vries


    Want to show off your green thumb and community spirit? Bring some nature to your neighborhood and enter the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest.

    It’s the 25th year of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s flower-filled competition, which aims to bring communities together to make Brooklyn a cleaner, greener place. The contest is open to residential and commercial blocks as well as community gardens in the borough.

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    Bed Stuy’s Stuyvesant Avenue between Bainbridge and Chauncey streets, winner of the 234d annual contest

    The application process for this year’s contest just opened up and you have until June 1 to enter. There are eight different categories you can set your sights on, including best overall residential block, best window box, best street tree beds and a special award for a block or garden demonstrating visible eco-friendly practices like composting and rainwater collection.

    Last year, Lefferts Avenue between Bedford and Rogers Avenues took the top residential block prize with creative planters, native plants and inventive signage. Prizes this year include a $300 check for the top residential and commercial winners.

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    Members of the Tilder Block Association in East Flatbush, winner of the National Grid Leadership in Sustainable Practices award in 2017

    Participants have the opportunity to attend a free workshop to learn more about making their block greener. There are two more workshops scheduled in May.

    You can learn how to enter the contest at the project website here. The winners will be announced in August at an event held on the winning residential block.

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