Alley Garden Awards

What are Alley Garden Awards?

Deter crime by gardening

Planting a few perennials here and potting some plants there can make a huge difference in improving the aesthetics and safety of your home. 

In 1992, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council agreed that community beautification deters crime. In response, we started the Alley Garden Awards. Prepare your alleyside property in time for the Alley Garden Awards and help prevent garage burglaries and other crimes facilitated by unkempt property. 

How to qualify for an Alley Garden Award:
  • The property must have an easily recognizable house number on the garage (or elsewhere in the alley if there is no garage).
  • The garden must be along the alley and on the alley side of any fence.
  • The alley garden must be well-maintained along the entire property line, i.e., minimal weeds, litter, etc.
  • The garden meets the definition of garden as an area of land (which can also be contained within pots) used for the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, herbs, or fruit.
2021 Award recipients

A record number of 1007 gardens were awarded in 2021!

2020 Award Recipients

930 gardens were awarded in 2020!