For the Star Tribune's annual Beautiful Gardens contest last year, we pivoted, just as many of us did in 2020 amid a pandemic and period of racial justice reckoning.
Instead of just looking for picture-perfect gardens, we invited readers to nominate home gardens that contributed to the greater good.
From a St. Paul resident who grew food for the neighborhood to a Roseville gardener whose plant sales supported schools in Tanzania, green thumb enthusiasts dug deep not only in their yards, but in their mission to make the world a better place.
We enjoyed the entries so much that we're continuing the theme for this year's Beautiful Gardens contest. So if you know of a Minnesota or western Wisconsin home garden beautiful in spirit, we want to hear from you.
To nominate a garden: Send a brief description of the garden and why it fits with this year's theme, where it's located and who tends it. Please include your name, phone number and some photos of the garden.
Send nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be taken through July 11.