During this three-day period, approximately 80 local community volunteers, including volunteers from the Coronado Real Estate Association, will walk the streets and neighborhoods evaluating the gardens throughout the city. Besides the over 6,000 city homes, judges will look at commercial fronts, church gardens, school gardens, apartment & condos, municipal fronts and hotels / motels. In 2019, over 6,000 ribbons were awarded.
GUIDELINES FOR WINNING AND AWARDING RIBBONS
Focal point: The two ends of the spectrum, no ribbon or Blue ribbon, are fairly easy to determine. How do you go about distinguishing a Yellow from a Red and a Red from a Blue? The garden reflects the priorities of the occupant and / or the owner. It all boils down to effort and commitment.
Wow Factor: Overall Impression is 40% of the grade. This impression is the “curb appeal” and includes the condition of the front of the house, as well as plants, garden, lawn and trees. This is your clue, dig further. Evaluating gardens is subjective. Here are some guidelines to help your decisions:
Meets all White Ribbon requirements AND
- Lawn more mature, maybe bare spots
- Planting is evident and planting areas are denser and more mature
- Weeds are not evident
- Some curb appeal
- Effort is obvious
Meets all Yellow Ribbon requirements AND
- Lawn well cared for, little or no bare spots
- Site well utilized
- Planting beds are well designed and aesthetically pleasing
- Trees are pruned and in great health
- Shows originality
- Above average curb appeal
- Extra effort is obvious
Meets all Red Ribbon requirements AND
- Lawn is near faultless
- Shows exceptional utilization of site
- Planting beds are carefully designed and aesthetically impressive
- Shows exceptional originality and creativity
- Shows great attention to detail
- Max curb appeal, has a wow factor.
- Exceptional effort is obvious
These are simple fixes that are correctable, but if the effort is not taken, a deduction will be applied (i.e. a Red Ribbon becomes a Yellow Ribbon instead).
- Artificial, plastic or silk plants and flowers
- Kids toys left out
- Hose(s) left out
- Trash cans in yard
- Lacrosse nets/sports gear left out
- House structure or fencing in need of repair/painting