Banner throws down gardening gauntlet: The Home Grown Grow-Off is on!

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BENNINGTON — Do your flower or vegetable gardens fill your chest with pride? Are you the envy of your gardening peers? Are you worthy of an award for the way you dig in the Bennington County dirt?

Now's your chance to claim the title of cultivating the Best Flower Garden or Best Vegetable Garden, because the Home Grown Grow-Off Competition is on!

The contest — brought to you by the Bennington Banner — runs from May 14 to July 15, and is for noncommercial and residential gardens only. With apologies to cannabis growers, submissions of marijuana and hemp are not eligible for entry.

Who's the "best" will be judged by members of the Banner and The Berkshire Eagle's advertising team; judges will consider the variety of vegetables/flowers within the garden along with their relative sizes. Judges will also take into account how the garden fits the landscape and the extent it inspires a sense of interest from our readership.

There will be two prizes awarded, one for each category, with a value of up to $500 per winner. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value if the prize is unavailable.

Electronic entries will be accepted through July 15, but contest dates are subject to change. Electronic entries are accepted via, using the online submission form.

Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions will not be returned. Don't forget: only one entry, per category, per household; households may participate in both categories but winner selection is restricted to one per household.

The Banner will notify the winners in early August.

For more specific details on the contest rules, visit



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