Picture This: A Photo Contest

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Pacific iris in California garden

Pacific iris in California garden

We’re trying something new here at Gardening Gone Wild – a photo contest that will be a bit of a collective group visualization.

For this contest, I will pick a subject and ask you, our fellow bloggers, to picture your own interpretation of the subject and send me a photograph. I will gather and post all of the photos in a WordPress gallery here on GGW, pick a winner, offer some commentary and at the end of the month select one winner.  The prize for this month is a collection of eight agastache from High Country Gardens.

The first contest, tied into Nan’s Design Workshop on Water-Wise Gardening, will be about native plants.  Most water-wise plants are often those plants native to your state or region.  When brought into the garden, native plants give a garden a sense of place and are, by definition, adapted to the water needs of the garden.  They do not have to look unkempt and wild (though we love Wild at GGW). Often with a bit of modest garden care, the natives can be the best looking plants in a garden.

So Picture This: a beautiful, functional, native plant in a garden setting.

What will I be looking for ?

Buck-eye shrub (Aesculus) in St. Louis garden

Buck-eye (Aesculus) in St. Louis garden

All these photos show a native plant in a garden, all have a message to say, and hopefully they are aesthetically composed.  The most important criteria is that it must be in context of a garden, I mean this is Gardening Gone Wild isn’t it ?

It can be any garden in any season.  The definition of a native plant for our purposes will be a plant species that occurs in the wild in the state where the garden is photographed.  Cultivars are OK.  For our overseas readers, we will trust that your selection is native. And because we can’t ship plants outside of the U.S., we will come up with some sort of virtual prize for you.

Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia) in my autumn garden

Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia) in my autumn garden

Like the deer grass in my autumn garden with Cotinus, your photo does not have to be a native plant garden, but the garden style should be water-wise where natives contribute to sensible design.

Now a few procedures and rules.  Send your photo to Gardening Gone Wild at ggwcontest@gmail.com by the end of April 20, 2009. I’ll send you an acknowledgment e-mail.  If you don’t get a confirmation within 48 hours of sending the photo to the gmail account, then follow-up with a comment on the post.  Winners will be announced by the end of the month.

Dicentra groundcover under native maples

Dicentra groundcover under native maples

Caption your photo with the plant name and the location of the garden. Do not put your name on the photo itself but try to use your camera software to put your name into the file data.  The files should be jpegs no more than 100-150 kb.  We will load them to a gallery for all to see and I will make commentary in the wrap-up about the winner’s and some other noteworthy photos.

No doubt there will be some kinks at first with formatting and display of the gallery. We will figure this out as we go along.  I hope you will enjoy the process as we begin.  As a disclaimer, please do realize by submitting photos you are authorizing GGW to publish them and use the photos in conjunction with the contest and our Privacy Policy.

Agastache in New Mexico meadow garden

Agastache in New Mexico meadow garden

So, for a prize of an agastache collection from High Country Gardens, please send us some native plant photos in a water-wise garden.  Good luck …..

Saxon Holt

Saxon Holt is the owner of PhotoBotanic, a garden picture resource for photographs, workshops, and garden photography stories. A landscape photographer and award winning photojournalist with more than 20 garden books, he lives and gardens in Northern California.

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Helen/patientgardener April 7, 2009, 6:50 am

Oh dear – I will have to gen up on which of my plants are native

Helen – It would be fine to share your own garden but part of the fun is in the sharing of appropriate plants where ever they may be found. A neighbor, a botanic garden, at tour of some far-flung land. Saxon

Nancy Bond April 7, 2009, 8:56 am

Sounds like a fun challenge!

Equal parts fun, challenge…. and sharing. I am curious as what my fellow bloggers want to show. Saxon

Mr. McGregor's Daughter April 7, 2009, 11:22 am

But what to choose? I have so many…

Now you know how difficult it is to do a photo edit … Only one now . . .

Town Mouse April 8, 2009, 3:15 pm

What a great idea! My shade garden is just waking up. Maybe we can each do a post with our rejects, and point to the competition post for more photographical delights.

Eleanor at OutOfDoors April 13, 2009, 7:18 pm

Wonderful! So excited about GGW encouraging readers to focus on native plantings (no pun intended).

Well it is a “Wild” subject – Saxon

Dee/reddirtramblings April 18, 2009, 10:45 am

This is a wonderful idea. I’m working on finding just the right photo. Can we send more than one of a separate subject? Thanks.~~Dee

Dee, you sure can!! Fran

lostlandscape (James) April 18, 2009, 8:04 pm

Excellent idea. Sometimes I wish my garden plants could look as great as the ones in some of the wild areas around me.

James-
I agree. But those wild, natural areas can still inspire us in our garden making. Fran