The 2021 Alley Garden Awards were a success! Thank you to all of the judges and all those who participated this year.

2021 Award Recipients

A record number of 1007 Gardens were awarded in 2021!

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. 

To qualify for an Alley Garden Award, the garden must meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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.

Read on with these resources!

Guide to Alley Garden Awards Criteria

Saint Paul Magazine’s feature of the Alley Garden Awards Program (c. 2017)

Happy Gardening!

2020 Award Recipients

A record number of 930 Gardens were awarded in 2020!

View the map of awarded gardens