Get accolades for your gardening and beautify the neighborhood by joining The Asharoken Garden Club Street Garden Recognition Program.

The program, in its 11th year in Asharoken, Eatons Neck and the Village of Northport, has added a new neighborhood this season to include the Crab Meadow area west of Waterside Road.

All entrants get a long-lasting polystyrene plaque hang on their mailbox or a garden stake signifying participation in the beautification event.

Three winners will receive a wooden garden sign based on an original painting by local artist Elizabeth Yaari.

Here's how it works: The judges, all members of the Asharoken Garden Club, will visit entrants' gardens between June 21 and 28. Results will be computerized and tallied, and on July 11, the three plaques will be delivered to the three most outstanding gardens.

To enter: Residents can pick up an entry form at Northport Village Hall, Asharoken Village Hall and the Northport Library or download one from the website: www.asharoken.com. Participants must send in their completed form by May 17.

Those who participate must have created a street garden, defined as a “large or small garden containing living plants available to view from the street, although not necessarily seen from the homeowner’s residence.” It is a garden planned primarily for the pleasure of neighbors and passersby.

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The Asharoken Garden Club says photographs of the most outstanding three gardens will appear in local newspapers and be displayed, as always, at the Northport Public Library. They will also appear on line at the Asharoken website -- and right here on the Garden Detective blog.

To date, at least four Suffolk garden clubs -- the Three Village Garden Club, the Centerport Garden Club, the Suwasset Garden Club and the Bellport Garden Club, as  well as the Great Neck Garden Club in Nassau are participating in their own version of the program. And word is spreading with the help of Federated Garden Clubs and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Why not start your own?

Joan Hauser, who launched the Asharoken program, just received an award from Federated Garden Club for "innovative thinking in civic/community beautification."

Above, Stephen and Mary Ann DiPalo were among the three winners in last year's program. (Asharoken Garden Club Photo)