I entered the Calgary Horticultural Society's garden competition this year. I keep saying I didn't do it with the expectation to win anything - and that's not just false modesty! Some areas of my garden still need work, some are actually under construction (can you say mud pit?), some of the "finished" areas still need to mature, and I just don't have time to make everything perfect down to the finest detail.
But, I entered for the experience and to get the feedback from the judges. I'm interested in seeing my garden through the eyes of other gardeners... and I would like to enter more seriously in a few years and this way I'll know what to expect.
But I already won something! I won the 'early bird prize' for entering - an adirondack chair from the Calgary Chair Company. It's solid cedar and super comfy! So now I can say I entered the garden competition and won! Ha ha!