The exhibit will be on display October 16th and 17th, as a part of Celebrating the Harvest Programming. Entries are due October 6th.
Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Entries for 2021 are CLOSED. View the 2021 Virtual Home Gardener’ Exhibit here.
We want to see what you’ve been growing in your garden this year! Whether you are near or far, help us celebrate the fall harvest by entering this year’s Home Gardeners’ Exhibit. This year, entrants will have the option of participating in the online virtual exhibition and/or the in-person exhibition being held at Old Sturbridge Village on October 16th and 17th. A couple of our expert horticulturalists will also pick the best of each category, sharing feedback and comments about the winning entries.
See below for rules and to enter. The green striped cushaw squash pictured above was the winner of the Heirloom category in the 2020 Exhibit. It was grown by Joanna Lepper of Dudley, MA
- The exhibit is open to the general public and museum staff.
- Entries can be anything grown in the 2021 season – vegetables, flowers, herbs, etc. are acceptable. They do not have to be heirloom varieties, but you are more than welcome to submit heirloom produce!
- The entry must be grown by the exhibitor.
- There is no entry fee.
- Each person may enter up to 4 items.
- Vegetables eligible for entry in the heirloom category are listed below.
- Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
Photo Tips For Virtual Exhibit
- Use a clean visual background (try placing a sheet or tarp behind your plants if possible)
- Remove any clutter or background objects that may distract from the subject you are photographing
- Take photos at a well-lit area and time of day.
- If it is too dark inside, consider shooting outside in the sunlight
- Make sure your camera is focused on the plant you are submitting
- Photos must be at least 300 PPI (pixels per inch); Largest file size option for smart phones
Judging and Categories
Museum horticultural staff will review each entry and determine a winner and runner up in each of the following categories:
- Best in young gardeners (ages 5-12)
- Best in adult gardeners (ages 13 and up)
- Best heirloom – eligible varieties below
- Best overall
- We will be awarding village-made craft products to the top winners in each of the four categories.
- There will be a runner up for each category but they will not receive a prize
- Each participant will receive a digital premium certifying their entry into the exhibition.
Eligible Heirloom Varieties | Click to see list
- Bush Bean: Jacob’s Cattle, Soldier, Low’s Champion
- Pole Bean: Asparagus, Scarlet Runner, Wren’s Egg, Brown Case Knife, White Dutch Runner
- Early Blood Turnip Beet
- Mammoth Red Mangel Wurtzel
- Bassano or Chioggia Beet
- Cylindra Beet
- Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
- Premium Late Flat Dutch Cabbage
- Mammoth Red Rock Cabbage
- Winnigstadt Cabbage
- Danvers Half Long Carrot
- Oxheart Carrot
- West India Gherkin Cucumber
- White Wonder Cucumber
- Long Green Cucumber
- Green Nutmeg Melon
- Citron Watermelon
- Tom Watson Watermelon
- Red Wethersfield Onion
- White Portugal Onion
- Student Parsnip
- Hollow Crown Parsnip
- Cayenne Pepper
- Green Mountain Potato
- Connecticut Field Pumpkin
- Long Island Cheese Pumpkin
- King of Mammoth Pumpkin
- Sugar Pie Pumpkin
- Long Pie Pumpkin
- Neck Pumpkin
- Black Spanish Radish
- China Rose Radish
- American Purple Top Rutabaga
- Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify
- Yellow Crookneck Summer Squash
- White Bush Scallop Summer Squash
- Green Striped Cushaw Squash
- Canada Crookneck Squash
- Boston Marrow Squash
- Brandywine Tomato
- Large Red Tomato
- Yellow Pear Tomato
- Orange Jelly Turnip or Golden Ball
- Purple Top White Globe Turnip
Pre-registration is due October 6, 2021.
In-person exhibit entries may be delivered to the Visitor’s Center on Friday, October 15th between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, or Saturday, October 16th between 9:00 and 10:00 am. Entries must be picked up on Sunday, October 17th between 3:00 and 5:00 pm. Entries not picked up by 5:00 pm will become the property of Old Sturbridge Village. Each entrant to the in-person exhibit will receive one pass for free standard daytime admission.
Entries for 2021 are now closed! Stay tuned for the virtual exhibition!