Beverly/Morgan Park homeowners Maureen and Eamon Reilly and Pamela Dallas took first place awards in the Chicago Bungalow Association’s 1st Annual Bungalow Garden Contest: You Be the Judge! The public voted online for their favorite gardens in three categories: Front Garden, Rear/Side Garden, and Window/Planter Boxes. Nearly 5,000 votes came in over just four days of voting.
The Reillys took the prize in the Front Garden category. Their front garden is filled with native plants and perennials that they said “look better every year. They have enhanced the look of our bungalow and draw about a zillion butterflies and bees!”
Dallas won by a landslide for the best Rear/Side Garden. She built her garden little by little over eight years, focusing on the visual look of the landscape and combining her eclectic tastes. “My intention with anything I design is ‘feel,’” Dallas said. “How does it make you feel? My garden, while being quite relaxing as a whole, has many surprises and visual treats that await the visitor who wishes to explore its nooks and crannies.”
Annie Picard of Galewood won for best Window/Planter Boxes.
The three winners were chosen out of a total of 57 submissions from throughout Chicago that were diverse and covered a variety of landscaping styles.
The collection of winners’ photos as well as runners-up and other interesting garden entries can be viewed on the Chicago Bungalow Association website, www.chicagobungalow.org.