Frequently Asked Questions & Tips

How does the program operate?
The City wards are divided into zones and each property in every zone is judged. The specific criteria for judging a property include: curb appeal, landscape maintenance and landscape design. In each zone there are one or two volunteer judges whose qualifications for being a White Trillium Judge are the love of gardening and attendance at the very informative judges’ workshop in June. Review our brochure for more information.

How do I win a Trillium award?
Trillium judges select the recipients. Review the Judging Criteria page for details and criteria. The judges have a difficult job in selecting only 2 White Trilliums in each zone.

Do I need to be nominated to receive a Trillium Award?
No. There are no nominations for the Hamilton Trillium Awards. Each property is viewed and judged.
If you live in Ancaster or Flamborough – please see the link about the program information in your area.

I live in Ancaster or Flamborough, are the awards the same?
Ancaster & Flamborough has chosen to operate their Trillium Awards separately. Each Horticultural Society has different criteria and process. Please review the appropriate webpage with the area information.

I won a White Trillium in the past, can I win again?
Yes. The judges select the best properties in each zone each year.

Can I be a judge?
Yes, visit our Judges Wanted page for all the details.

Trillium Program Landscaping Tips

Visitors see your front yard before anything else when they arrive to your home. Landscaping your front yard to make it look attractive and frame your house and entry well will help your house stand out and add value to your home. Whatever your budget, you can make some changes to your front yard that will improve the look of your home.

Define an area to be landscaped, ideally by extending it past the left and right edges of the home, as seen from the street. This helps connect the home to the land more than limiting landscaping to the area directly in front of the home. Creating curved boundaries around the landscaped areas creates a contrast to the angularity of the home.

Design your landscape either symmetrically or asymmetrically. If the door to your home is in the center, a symmetric approach looks very clean and is easy to execute because you only have to design a plan for half of the yard. An asymmetric approach may lend more visual interest, but you have to be careful to balance the visual weight of landscaping on either side of the house.

Plant a large tree on each side of your home to frame it. These trees also help define the edges of the property and draw the viewer’s eye in toward the front door. Please contact the City of Hamilton for a FREE Street Tree through the Trees Hamilton Program

Plant shrubs at the front corners of your home to soften the corners and blend the home into the surrounding landscape.

A little TLC always helps. Remove Christmas lights, fresh paint on the door and a tidy yard. Planters on your porch or driveway should have the same colour scheme as the rest of the garden.

Review the judging card for more criteria.