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      Showing posts with label contest. Show all posts
      Showing posts with label contest. Show all posts

      Wednesday, November 10, 2010

      Contest: Now it's your turn.

      We spend a lot of time here at GardenBytes telling you about our favorite parks and gardens in and around NYC...now it's your turn.

      It's another contest, but this one's a little different: no photos...only words! We want to hear about your favorite gardens & parks in New York City...in 75 words or less. (We didn't say it was going to be easy.) All suggestions must be in the 5 boros and accessible by public transportation; you get extra points for little known spots. Or little known spots within well known spots, e.g. that corner of the Ramble where the masses of dogtooth violets grow. Tell us why it's special and why you love it; we want to share.

      And now for the moment you've all been waiting for: the prize! It's a $25 gift card to Macy's. (I know, right?) This is thanks to Lauren @ Everywhere Media in Atlanta, GA. Apparently you don't have to be from NYC to appreciate NYC.

      The judges for this contest are yours truly (the two Ellens) and the deadline is Saturday, 11/27. Please post your entries in our comments section. We'll announce the winner about a week later.

      We can't wait to see where you take us!

      Wednesday, October 7, 2009

      photo contest: great garden animals

      Kyra's favorite spot in the garden is the bird bath (I wonder why!) next to the Hackonechloa, which she prefers to cat nip. (Photo by Adam Mastoon, from Down & Dirty, by Ellen Zachos)

      Hello loyal readers, it's time for another photo contest! We've tinkered with the rules to allow our non-blogging readers to enter, so things are a little different this time.

      Our theme? GREAT GARDEN ANIMALS... show us your pets!

      THE RULES:

      1) Enter your best photo of an animal in the garden. The animal may be PET or PEST, and the garden (or plants) should be essential to the image, not just background. No birds or butterflies this time, please.
      2) Include a brief caption (1 or 2 sentences).
      3) Email your entry to esp@ellenspectorplatt.com. If you have a blog, include the URL so we can link back. We'll add all entries to the bottom of this post.
      4) Images should be jpegs, no larger than ONE megabyte.
      5) Photos can be indoors or out.
      6) Points given for light, composition, and originality. We're not looking for closeups; we want to see how the animal and garden relate to each other.
      7) The contest ends at midnight on October 28, 2009. Winners will be announced by November 4.

      Here are a few examples, to clarify:

      Sisko anticipates the flavor of wheat grass grown indoors from seed on a south-facing windowsill.

      Andy K. on his New York terrace: as his hips grew more arthritic, the red wagon became his preferred method of roaming the streets of NYC.

      Our talented and entirely impartial judge is once again Joe De Sciose. Joe is an award-winning photographer whose photographs have appeared in numerous Condé Nast, Hearst and Meredith magazines and books, as well as in print media for the New York Botanical Garden and The Brooklyn Botanic Garden. From 2003 to 2008, Joe was a Senior Staff Photographer at Southern Living Magazine. He was the sole photographer for Garden Guide: New York City (The Little Bookroom, 2002) and The Flower Gardener’s Bible (Storey Books, 2003), which was awarded a Garden Globe Award in 2004 by the Garden Writers Association for Best Photography for a Garden Book.

      The prizes? A folding garden saw (most excellent tool!), a box of seed packet note cards, and a sock of songbird seed in a gift pack...all in a handsome tote bag.

      So show us your best combo of flora and fauna. We can't wait to see what you've got.


      "Get the steak. can't you see we're starving!?!?" Tracy Waaka, Brooklyn NY

      Fefe channels his inner feline in a Brooklyn windowsill "jungle"
      Laurent Lambert, Brooklyn, NY

      The frost is on the pumpkin. Time to get the harvest in!
      Sarah James, Exeter NH

      This is Titus with our pumpkin harvest. My mom adopted him from our local grocery store with his sister. They were very young, and think my mother is their mother. They follow her everywhere and are always with us in the garden. So cute!
      Ulla Kjarval, NYC & the Catskills

      Saturday, August 15, 2009

      And the winner is...

      Marie Viljoen of 66 Square Feet:

      Joe De Sciose (judge extraordinaire) says: "I really like the clear sense of place and vantage point of the photo. The small terrace and the street below leave no doubt that this is an urban environment. The photo is intriguing as it makes me want to go visit this garden. The red wall makes a great combination with the plants. (It would have been cool if there had been red cars parked on the street or one driving by.) Thoughts that have nothing to do with the photo: I am concerned that the pots on the ledge are secure and will not blow off in a storm. And I ache with empathy for the gardener for the commitment she has made to daily watering. The first photo on Marie’s blog is a fine photograph too but the composition and the background aren’t as interesting. It might be fun to see a shot with the herbs in the foreground and the street or buildings fading off into the background."

      And for our runners-up:

      "Jayme, good color, light and depth of field. But since we offered extra points for photos featuring herbs in an urban setting..."

      "Jen, a great moment-in-time shot; you can never go wrong with herbs in a blue pot and a cute puppy in a photo. The soft light is perfect for this type of photo."

      Thanks to all of you for entering and Marie, please email me at acmeplant@gmail.com so we can get you your fabulous prizes.

      Thursday, December 18, 2008

      Enter to win big prizes!

      I'm taking a poll. And I'd sincerely appreciate your input. In fact, I'm prepared to bribe you for your participation.

      Some background: My first plant crush was a peace lily. While I've moved beyond the Spathiphyllum, I still love indoor plants and wouldn't be without them. Couldn't be without them. I realize many gardeners take an extended break in winter, putting aside their pruners and gloves till spring comes 'round again, but not me. Now is when I focus on my indoor landscape, and over the next few months you'll be getting your fill of houseplant posts.

      But back to my poll. I'm a houseplant expert. There, I admit it. I'm working on a book proposal for a houseplant book. A very big houseplant book. A houseplant book that includes everything anyone could ever want to know about every possible houseplant. What I want to know is: What are YOU looking for in a houseplant book?

      Send me your ideas and inspirations, and if I haven't already thought of them (you'll have to trust me on this), I'll give you a prize. In exchange for your suggestion, I'll send you a copy of my CD: Green Up Time: A Botanical Look at Broadway. It's a collection of show tunes about flowers and plants; a project that combines my first career (on B'way) with my second (in horticulture). If you want to listen to a few excerpts to see if it's worth your while, go here.

      If you already have a copy of my CD (what are the chances?!) let me know and I'll come up with some other swell thank you gift. I look forward to hearing from you. Really, I do.

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