This has been a year like no other. So in 2020, the Star Tribune’s annual Beautiful Gardens contest will be different, too. We’re seeking home gardens that are beautiful in spirit, with a purpose that goes beyond being an artful array of pretty plants.

Is there a garden or a gardener whose spirit you admire? Maybe it’s a vegetable garden that helps stock a local food shelf. Maybe it’s a teaching garden that shows neighborhood kids how to grow their own food, or a memory garden for a loved one, or a garden that sows community.

Any type of garden can be a winner, whether it’s a tiny urban plot or a big country garden — as long as it’s a home garden in Minnesota or western Wisconsin.

It’s easy to nominate a special garden. Just send a brief description of the garden and what makes it beautiful in spirit, along with where it’s located and who tends it. Please include a few snapshots. Send to:, or Star Tribune — Beautiful Gardens, 650 3rd Av. S., Minneapolis, MN 55488.

A panel will choose several standouts, and the winning gardens and the gardeners who tend them will be showcased in Sunday Homes and online at

We’ll accept nominations through July 12.