Rural Beautification Tour

Explore Your Own Back Yard

The County's Rural Beautification Contest began in 2008 with the goal of showcasing the beautiful yards of the region's avid gardeners.

After more than a decade of stunning yards, avid participants, and countless great learning and networking experiences, this annual event has blossomed into an eagerly anticipated summer tradition.

Rural Beautification Tour

A showcase of exceptional regional horticulture

Rural Beautification Contest 2022

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, we were excited to reconnect with residents to announce this year's Rural Beautification Contest! Judging will take place in mid-July, and prizes for winning yards will include:

  • Keepsake photo book

  • Gardening supplies

  • Gift cards

Some of this year's nominated yards will be also be selected for inclusion in the August Rural Beautification Tour.

The nomination deadline has closed. Thank you to all those who entered!

Nominations closed on June 15, 2022. Thank you to all those who entered. 

Criteria for judging will include:

  • Diversity of plant material

  • Health of plants

  • Blending rural life with the landscape

  • Use of space

  • Conservation practices

“It is such a delight to meet gardeners and have the opportunity to visit their yards. The Rural Beautification Contest is a way to find people we’ve not met and to acknowledge how their work makes the County a better place to live.”
— County Horticulturist Lorraine Taylor

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