It's a yearly pleasure to recognize and honor efforts to beautify Edwardsville through landscaping, flowering or gardening projects. The Green Thumb Awards were created by the City's former Beautification and Tree Commission to encourage projects that foster neighborhood and civic pride.
Residential, neighborhood, commercial and civic beautification settings are eligible to be nominated. This program is an easy and fun way to celebrate properties and projects that are a visual delight!
Nominations for the 2023 program were due June 4, and are now CLOSED.
Nominations are accepted each spring, with recipients typically announced in July. As part of the process, the Green Thumb Award Committee visits each nominated site and takes photographs. Award recipients are then notified and receive a Green Thumb sign to post on their property for about one month.
Anyone who maintains property within Edwardsville City limits is eligible for an award (other than members of the Edwardsville Environmental Commission and Green Thumb Award Committee). Self-applications also are encouraged. The Green Thumb Award Committee considers the character of the nomination submitted (i.e. a homeowner-maintained garden, a professionally designed and maintained garden, a volunteer-maintained garden) in choosing the award recipients.
During the eligible time period, nominations can be submitted online or printed and submitted. For 2023, nominations were accepted between May 1 and June 4.
Parks and Recreation Department (Attn.: Green Thumb Awards), 118 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025
In 2021, six Green Thumb Awards were presented: four residential, one subdivision, and one business/commercial property.