So, without further ado, the envelopes please:
For Best Assembly of Cute Birdhouses as Ornamentation, the award goes to this shady group of avian condominiums. The quality of this neighborhood seems to be first-rate construction but the neighborhood is overbuilt and lacking tenants.
Best Individual Floral Bloom is hereby awarded to this perfect pink Asiatic lily, standing strong and cool despite the scorching sun.
The Most Whimsical Frog in Water was awarded as a tie this year because the judge had a hard time choosing between this dancing frog placed in a running water feature, or the acrobatic frog below it that appears to be doing yoga in a birdbath. Neither co-winner really seems to care who won, as long as they can stay shady and cool.
For Best Use of Multiple Elements and Textures in a Single Frame, this beautiful vista drew oohs and aahs from the texturally aware. Water, birdbath, rock, hosta, grass, daylily, evergreen, and deciduous shrub, all are visible in a single glance.
The award for Cutest Faux Window and Shutters was enthusiastically given for this bright composition against the weathered fence. The bright red gathers the eye from across the room.
Best Kniphofia Appearing Alone in a Picture went to the mildly aging specimen on the right, while the Most Serene Almost- Natural-looking Birdbath award was captured by the serene and cool specimen depicted on the left photo. The esteemed photographer seemed to have a "thing" for birdbaths on Sunday, didn't he?
Most Fabulous Placement of a Nude Statue in the Garden was taken home by this small statue which stood in front of an enticing outdoor shower enclosure. All the tour visitors seemed to both admire the spacious shower and the fact that it was audaciously placed in a small backyard of a close neighborhood. I expect that a plethora of such showers will spring up shortly in Manhattan, simultaneously increasing the cleanliness of local nature lovers and opportunities for local voyeurs.
I think I've covered most of the highlights of the 2017 EMG Manhattan Area Garden Tour, except of course for the many attendees who are not pictured because I don't want to run afoul of not getting their permission to show faces in public photos. And I don't want to add to the NSA/FBI database of facial recognition software. None of the ornaments or floral elements illustrated in this post, BTW, objected to having their picture taken or displayed here. I'll finish the tour now with this very wise and accurate plaque having the last, and very appropriate, words.