PATERSON, NJ- While Paterson may not have a reputation for being “lush and green” hundreds of homeowners and renters across the city are doing their part to keep their neighborhoods beautiful through gardening. 

It’s these efforts, or what Jasmine Moreno, Director of Community Engagement for City Green, called “small community enhancements,” that the Clifton-based non-profit which “envisions livable, green, urban communities that are socially, economically, and environmentally rejuvenated,” seeks to recognize through their annual “Greenest Place in Paterson” garden contest. 

Gardening, Moreno told TAPinto Paterson, helps to bring a sense of pride to neighborhoods. “If you love where you live you value your space,” she said, stressing that efforts to beautify a neighborhood through gardening can range from one rose bush to a field of sunflowers. 

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With applications due Friday, judges visit entries over the summer, culminating in an awards ceremony on September 6 with winners coming in a range of categories including best container garden, which in the past have included the use of pots, tires, toilets, and sinks, and rookie of the year.

There is no cost to apply for the contest with the only rule being that professionally landscaped properties will not be considered.  

For more information about the contest those that love gardening can email Erin Maguire or call her at 973-869-4086.