NPA announces second Denzel Hufford Garden Contest


NPA’s Donna Parker, from left, 2011 Denzel Hufford Garden Contest winners Cindy and John Hillard, and Adele Dodd, Hufford’s daughter. (Photo provided by Susan Mayes)

Noblesville Preservation Alliance is proud to introduce its second Denzel Hufford Garden Contest. There are two categories this year. One is for “novice” gardeners, whose gardens are from one to five years old. The other is for the “mature” gardener, whose garden is six years of age or older.

The first place winner of each category will receive an outdoor garden marker to proudly display along with $200. The runner-up in each category will each receive $50 gift certificates to Garden Thyme at The Old Schoolhouse. The awards are made possible by an anonymous NPA family with NPA matching funds.

Hufford is no longer with us, but while she lived she brightened the yards and hearts of Noblesville. Her flower beds grew plants that bloomed at various times of the year so there was always color. It is in honor of Hufford that this garden award was created.

“Mom believed a flower’s beauty should be shared. I think she gave plants to half the people in town,” said Adele Dodd, Hufford’s daughter.

The judges include a member of Hufford’s family, a Hamilton County Master Gardener, an NPA member, a member of Keep Noblesville Beautiful and the past winner. Judging will be based on the following categories:

Visual appeal: The overall visual impact; a pleasing sense of harmony of scale, color and texture.

Overall design: A good use of space; design coordination between plants and other elements.

General maintenance: The quality of care in pruning, mulching and disease control.

Originality: The wow factor; creative use of special features such as ponds, natural materials and garden art; unique styles such as theme gardens.

Applications may be obtained by writing to The NPA Garden Committee, P.O. Box 632, Noblesville, IN 46061, online at or by calling Donna Parker at 379-0307. Winners will be announced on Aug. 1.