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Monday, December 5, 2022
Lush Centre Street property named first Garden of the Week winner


A garden teeming with lilacs, hydrangeas as well as yellow and red barberries is the first winner of NOTL’s annual Garden of The Week contest.

When homeowners Steve Cohen and Joe Carlino moved in to their house at 210 Centre St. last year, there was nothing but a dirt from Simcoe Street right up to the house, said Carlino.

“It really looked like a job site,” Carlino told The Lake Report. And because it’s a new house, not a heritage property, “our responsibility was really to get this to look like it’s always been here.”

Three judges stopped by the garden and asked to have a look, said Carlino, adding he had no idea their garden was nominated for the contest.

The judges complimented the garden’s “flowing design, very simple yet elegant.”

“The colour palette of lime and burgundy is stunning set against the home. The homeowners have done a magnificent job,” the judges said, according to a media release from the Town of NOTL.

Feeling “humbled and happy,” Carlino said once everything has been planted and the mulch has been put down, it’s just “weeding every now and again,” so taking care of the garden doesn’t take too much time.

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake sponsors on the Garden of the Week contest in collaboration with the NOTL Horticultural Society and Communities in Bloom. Residents can nominate as many gardens as they want. The nomination deadline for Monday each and nominations can be submitted through the town’s JoinTheConversation page or by email to