Trillium Awards Program

The Trillium Awards program promotes community pride by recognizing residents who, by landscaping and maintaining their property, contribute to a more attractive neighbourhood and community.

Hamilton is divided into wards and zones for the Trillium Awards program. One or two volunteer judges judge each property in every ward and zone using specific criteria. There is no need for nominations, as all properties in the City of Hamilton are reviewed and considered for the Trillium Awards.

The Trillium Awards program is funded by private donations and corporate sponsors. The program is managed by a volunteer committee with assistance from the City of Hamilton.

2017 Executive Committee Members

  • Pat Gowan - Chair
  • Brenda Accadia
  • Ann Howard
  • Mark Hommersen
  • Jeff Martin
  • Yasmeen Minocher
  • Karen Brunsch
  • Alex Moroz - staff

Ancaster and Flamborough Trillium Awards

The Trillium Awards in Ancaster are operated by the Ancaster Horticultural Society.

Do you know of a property in Ancaster that is worthy of receiving a Trillium Award?
People can enter their own properties, and those of friends or neighbours in Ancaster. Ancaster Horticultural Society members are also encouraged to enter properties they consider worthy.

How to nominate a property

Trilliums are awarded in three classes:

  • Single Residential
  • Townhouse
  • Commercial

Entries will be accepted from June 1 to June 16, 2017. Late entries cannot be accepted.

There are 3 ways that you can nominate a property. Send your name, address, phone number and e-mail:

  1. Mail to:
    Ancaster Horticultural Society
    P.O. Box 81056, Fiddlers Green PO. 
    Ancaster, Ontario
    L9G 4X1
  2. Email to ancasterhort.socy@gmail.com
  3. Drop off in person to Maritime Travel at the Food Basics Plaza in Ancaster or the Ancaster Municipal Service Centre.

Entries are not accepted by phone. 

Judging of entries will take place from July 8 to July 23, 2017.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on August 15, 2017.

The Flamborough Horticulture Society is pleased to present the 2016 Trillium Awards.Dedicated volunteers from the Flamborough Horticultural Society manage the program and judge each property that is nominated.

How to nominate a property

Nomination forms will appear in the Flamborough Review newspaper on Thursday, May 26 and Thursday, June 2, 2016. Nomination forms will also be available online or at the Flamborough Review Office, 30 Main Street North, Waterdown.

Judging of the gardens will take place from July 2 to July 15 by a team of volunteer judges from the Flamborough Horticultural Society.

When will award recipients be notified?

  • White Trillium Award recipients will be notified by the end of July.
  • Pink Trillium Award recipients will be invited to attend the Hamilton in Bloom Celebration Event at Gage Park in October 2016.

For more information contact:
Karen Brunsch at kbrunsch@cogeco.ca.

Become a Volunteer Trillium Judge

Do you love to garden? Do you want to contribute to our Community?
The Hamilton Trillium Awards program is made possible because of over three hundred volunteers who contribute their personal time to judge all properties in the City of Hamilton, often re-visiting their assigned zones several times before making a final decision on the issuance of awards.

Register online to become a Volunteer Judge

Volunteer Judge Requirements

  • An appreciation for horticulture and gardening
  • Some free time during the months of June and July to visit properties in your zone
  • Must attend a short, evening Judge’s workshop in early spring

The Role of the Judge
Volunteer judges attend a special Judge’s workshop to better prepare them to evaluate the criteria of the Trillium Awards. Each City Ward is divided in to several smaller zones. Judges then select a zone to review all properties within the zone. The Judges in each zone select the two White Trillium Properties and one Award of Excellence.

Important dates

Judges Workshop

Thursday June 8th, 2017
We provide all the materials and the training. All volunteer judges must attend the workshop. Register online to volunteer as a judge.

White Trillium Judging


June 9 to July 16, 2017
Awards cannot be given out prior to July 1 2017

Pink Trillium Judging


July 22 to August 1, 2017

Red Trillium Judging


August 7 to 11, 2017

Award Presentations


Announcement of the 2017 Red Trillium Award Recipient at Hamilton in Bloom Celebration Event.
October 19, 2017

Please note: The Hamilton Trillium Awards Program does not require nominations. All properties will be reviewed by the volunteer judges.

Contact us

The Trillium Committee
Email: trilliumawards@hamilton.ca 
Phone: 905-546-CITY (2489)