Trillium Program Criteria

Grimsby Garden Club and the Town of Grimsby
2019 Summer Trilliums Program

About the Trillium Program
Grimsby participates in the Trillium Program each year.  This is a program brought to you by the Town of Grimsby and the Grimsby Garden Club, with the support of local sponsors.   

The mandate of the program is to foster town-wide beautification efforts by property owners through recognition and encouragement. Residents are encouraged each year to enhance their curbside appeal while utilizing basic horticultural and environmental considerations; they are encouraged to achieve a level of excellence in developing and maintaining their properties.  

How to Participate
Gardens are nominated on the basis of their front landscaping, viewable from the street.  Anyone can nominate a property, including the garden owner.  There is a nomination period - usually a month long.  Nomination forms are available online or at the Peach King Centre Reception Desk.  Nominations are accepted at the Peach King Centre Reception Desk.

Nominated Gardens
After nomination period closes, a letter is delivered to each nominated property owner making them aware of their property's nomination.  A property owner can decline a nomination, and contact information is provided for this.  In addition, the program is a public program and publishes the names and addresses of the garden owners.  If a property owner declines the publication if pictures, names and addresses, the garden is withdrawn from the program.  

Garden Judging
The judging period is 2 weeks long.  Trained volunteers visit the front of the property viewable from the street/curbside/sidewalk to make the assessment based on criteria.  

Nominated gardens are then assessed using the following criteria:

 1.    Curb Appeal

 2.  Landscape Maintenance

a.    Softscape
b.    Hardscape
c.    Flowers (annuals and perennials)
d.    Trees, evergreens and shrubs
e.    Property Maintenance

         3.  Landscape Design
a.    Unity/harmony
b.    Balance
c.    Scale/proportion
d.    Rhythm/sequence
e.    Focal area

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Here are the details of each of these categories:

1.             Curb appeal
         The judges check to see:
·                If the exterior looks inviting, welcoming and attractive
·                If the property creates a good first impression
·                If the property catches your attention immediately
         Curb appeal can be accomplished a number of ways, such as:
·                exterior decorations
·                colour scheme
·                attention to landscaping

2.             Softscape and hardscape 
           Softscape refers to the live elements including ornamental grasses, plants and shrubs. Judges will check to see if:

                 groundcover such as moss or ivy is well maintained
                 grass is mowed and edged, weed and disease free and without brown patches   (except in rural areas or when a water ban is in effect)

H      Hardscape refers to the ‘built’ environment including:
                 artificial turf
                 water elements
         Judges will check to see if the built environment is weed free, clean and well kept

3.           Annuals and perennials 
          Judges will check to see if annuals and perennials:

                 are well maintained
                 have healthy colour and foliage
                 have been dead headed
                 are part of a colour scheme
                 are the proper size in proportion to containers and planters

4.         Trees, evergreens and shrubs - Judges will check to see if trees,evergreens and shrubs are:        
              maintained (deadwood, weak, diseased or damaged branches and stems have been removed)

5.             Property maintenance - The judges will check to see if:

                 property is maintained
                 walkways, driveways, fences are in good condition and contribute to the appearance of the property
                 landscaping is maintained and free of litter and weeds
                 elements and structures compliment the landscape and are in working order

6.             Landscape design principles - judges check for:
·                Unity and harmony
o   unity is achieved by repeating objects or elements that are alike; there is repetition of shrubs or a colour scheme
·                Balance
o   can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical
·                Scale and proportion
o   scale refers to the size of an object in relation to the house and property
o   proportion refers to the size of parts of the design in relation to each other and to the design as a whole
·                Rhythm and sequence
o   smooth blending of different elements
o   garden is one unified scene
o   property has year-round appeal
·                Focal area
o   plants or structural elements that accent a given area
o   can be achieved using an entryway, front door or a certain location in the garden such as a pond, fountain, arbour, birdbath, pots, rockery or stairway

7.             Landscape design elements - these are tools used to achieve principles of design:
       this is eye movement or flow
       can be achieved by bed arrangement or vertical changes in heights of plants, trees or shrubs
       can be straight or curved and free flowing
       individual plant growth or planting arrangement in a landscape such as upright, oval, columnar, spreading or weeping
       describes the surface quality of an object that can be seen or felt
       can include buildings, walks, walls, ground covers and plants
       can be fine, course, bold or medium
       adds interest to the garden throughout the seasons
       should be complex, personal and have a strong effect on the landscape
       may include some flowers; however much of the colour should come from foliage
       using green for continuity along with some colour variety in foliage adds interest
       should direct attention to the landscape and compliment the house
       consideration will be given to year round interest, not just to seasonal colour

       adds interest

Here is the scoring for the categories:

Trillium Recognition Notification and Celebration
There is a published date for the notification of garden owners who are Trillium recipients each year.  The addresses are published in the local newspapers and on our website.  Our social media posts pictures of each garden with address and owner name. 

In mid-September, the Trillium Celebration takes place at Town Hall.  Each recipient receives a Trillium stake that can be displayed in the garden.

Frequently Asked Questions are available here on the website, and contact information is available for questions and concerns.