About Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.

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Picture This Rule Update

Ok, folks: we’re giving up on the rule that Picture This entries should be approximately 500 pixels on the longest side. If you’ve already entered and want to give a link to a larger image, please leave your updated link on the main announcement post before the entry deadline (11:59 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, July 21, 2010), and I will change the link in your entry in the July entry gallery.

We are NOT requiring you to enter a larger photo if you do not wish to change your entry. Note that the photos in the gallery are automatically resized; the only difference you’ll notice is if you click on the gallery photo to follow the link to the original image.

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GGW Picture This Reminder for July

Side garden at Hayefield Sept 20 07

The deadline is quickly approaching for this month’s Picture This photo contest. Our guest judge is Rich Pomerantz of Rich Pomerantz Photography, and the theme for this month is “The Intent of the Gardener.” Here’s how Rich described what he’s looking for in the winning entry:

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Picture This Challenge: Bloom Scans

Bloom Scan Brights June 29 2010

In the upcoming months, we’re planning to mix things up a little for Picture This. To that end, we’re expanding the judging pool to include some of our fellow garden bloggers, and at the same time, we’re going to showcase the out-of-the-ordinary photo techniques they are known for.

We usually don’t announce monthly Picture This themes ahead of time, but since most of you probably haven’t tried these techniques before, it seems only fair to give you some extra time to practice. One of these challenges, which will be coming up in October, is creating “bloom scans,” or digital collages.

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GGW Picture This Winners for June

We know you all want to see the results, so let’s jump right in to judge Joshua McCullough‘s comments: Continue Reading →

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Picture This Survey Summary

The Picture This Photo Contest is one of our most popular features here at Gardening Gone Wild, and we couldn’t be happier. It has met – indeed, exceeded – all of our original goals for it, and we look forward to keeping the experience exciting, challenging, and fun for everyone. To that end, we recently ran a survey to get information about how and why you participate in Picture This (or why you don’t), as well as suggestions for things we can improve on. Let’s take a look at the results.

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