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Programs > Trilliums 2017

The Trillium program is co-sponsored by the Town of Grimsby and The Grimsby Garden Club. The program recognizes beautiful gardens in the Town of Grimsby. Gardens considered include residential, condos, apartment buildings, and non-residential properties. 2017 marked the first year of garden nominations. Nominations are an invitation to Grimsby visitors and residents to show their appreciation for the beautiful gardens of Grimsby.  Consider these aspects of the front landscaping viewable from the street:  Curb appeal, softscape and hardscape, annuals and perennials, trees and evergreens, property maintenance, and landscape design. Details are available at the Grimsby Garden Club website.


 Trilliums 2017

Assessment Criteria

Gardens are nominated on the basis of their front landscaping, viewable from the street.  Nominated gardens are assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Curb Appeal
  2. Landscape Maintenance
    1. Softscape
    2. Hardscape
    3. Flowers (annuals and perennials)
    4. Trees, evergreens and shrubs
    5. Property Maintenance
  3. Landscape Design
    1. Unity/harmony
    2. Balance
    3. Scale/proportion
    4. Rhythm/sequence
    5. Focal area

Volunteer judges visit all nominated gardens.  


Judging Criteria Detailed Description

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)

Hardscape refers to the ‘built’ environment including:

  • stones
  • rocks
  • pavers
  • artificial turf
  • structures
  • water elements
  • mulches

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:

  • pruned
  • shaped
  • 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

The judges check for:

  • Unity and harmony
    • unity is achieved by repeating objects or elements that are alike; there is repetition of shrubs or a colour scheme
  • Balance
    • can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical
  • Scale and proportion
    • scale refers to the size of an object in relation to the house and property
    • 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
    • smooth blending of different elements
    • garden is one unified scene
    • property has year-round appeal
  • Focal area
    • plants or structural elements that accent a given area
    • 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:

  • Line:
  • 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
    • Form:
      • individual plant growth or planting arrangement in a landscape such as upright, oval, columnar, spreading or weeping
    • Texture:
      • 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


This is the summary of the judging criteria and points.  2017 will continue the criteria used in 2016.

 2016 Trillium Categories

If you have a question, please call Grimsby Garden Club President Wendy Frank at 905-309-3085 or email

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Last Updated: 2017-07-11