Design Contest

2019 Design Contest

Michigan Master Gardeners are invited to submit a garden design for the Master Gardener Idea Bed located in the Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens. Masters Gardeners can work individually or in teams. If selected, your design will be planted spring of 2020 and grown for four years. Our last winning design was submitted by Sandra J. Lombard and is shown below in the summer of 2018.

Judith and George Mynsberge generously endowed this garden to give Master Gardener Volunteers an opportunity to share their creative garden design skills and ideas. This bed is round and about 35 feet in diameter with full sun.

Design criteria

include path(s) for maintenance access into the bed, and the use of hardy perennials, shrubs and bulbs (no annuals). There is no specific irrigation or electricity in this area.


Judging will be by MSU horticulturists based on the following criteria:

  1. Unique and suitable plant material and plant combinations
  2. Viewable from all sides
  3. Ease of maintenance
  4. Use of at least one ornamental grass and blue foliage or flowers (as per request of donors)
  5. Use of functional ideas that educate and perhaps inspire our visitors

Due Date

All forms and designs must be submitted by postal mail or by email no later than December 1, 2019. The winner’s design will be planted for the 2020 growing season and remain until 2024. Volunteer credit will be awarded for each design submitted.


Download the Design Contest Form.  Submit your design along with the Design Contest Registration Form to:

Bethany Troy
Master Gardener Idea Bed Design Contest
1066 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824


More Information

For further information, please contact Bethany Troy at or 517-355-0330.