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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Nov 7, 2014 8:43 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

We have nearly 2,500 photos in the contest already. What a HUGE success!! I can't wait to dive in and look at them.

You have until tomorrow THIS evening at 6:00pm Central time (midnight UTC) to get your photos entered. Then immediately thereafter the voting will begin. So if you didn't have Friday night plans, you do now! Hilarious!

When voting begins you will see that you can enter each category and view all the images. For each image there will be a star that you will click on to "favorite" the image. That is NOT a vote. It's just marking it as one of your favorites, so you can later narrow it down.

Once you've starred your favorites, then at the top of the page you'll see a link to view the page with only your favorites shown. From there you will cast your vote for the 3 that you like the best.

Repeat that for each category and you'll be done.

We will have 4 full days to vote on the main contest entries, and then we'll spend one final day on the best of show voting.
[Last edited by dave - Nov 7, 2014 9:21 AM (+)]
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
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Danita
Nov 7, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Just to clarify, entry ends tomorrow rather than today?
Before you said it would end today, Nov 7th at 11:59pm UTC. I just want to make sure I have the right time.
I really hope it did get extended a day!

Thanks much! Smiling
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Nov 7, 2014 9:21 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Oops!! You're right, it's not tomorrow, it's tonight! I've edited my post. Thanks! Smiling
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator Hummingbirder Salvias Butterflies Birds
Plant Identifier Vegetable Grower Container Gardener Seed Starter Cat Lover Region: Georgia
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Danita
Nov 7, 2014 9:23 AM CST
Thank You! Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 7, 2014 11:05 AM CST
I love that you have it set up so we can narrow things down before voting on our top 3. I can't wait to get started. Hurray!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Nov 7, 2014 12:24 PM CST
valleylynn said:I love that you have it set up so we can narrow things down before voting on our top 3. I can't wait to get started. Hurray!



I agree I wondered how we would wade through all the photos in each category and remember which ones we wanted to vote for!


Less than 6 hours until we get to see all the entries. I hope my dh doesn't want to go to the movies tonight Smiling

Vickie
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 7, 2014 12:36 PM CST
I am getting way to excited about seeing all the photos. Going outside to make the time go by faster. Big Grin
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Nov 7, 2014 1:15 PM CST
11:59 p.m. UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is 6:59 p.m. here in Daytona Beach and I'll be at a college basketball game so I won't get to view the gallery of images until we get home @ 9:30 ... can't wait!
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Nov 7, 2014 7:20 PM CST
Fun! Beautiful pictures.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Nov 7, 2014 9:07 PM CST
It's too hard to choose Smiling
Donald
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
Nov 7, 2014 9:19 PM CST
I've just been looking through the pictures with leisure. I'm starring just a few. Great fun and I'll be more thorough tomorrow. My hat is off to everyone who participated. I tip my hat to you.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Nov 8, 2014 8:56 AM CST
I started selecting my favorites last night and then began again around 8:00 this morning ... I finally just finished voting but it certainly was difficult selecting just three favorites in each category because there are really some awesome entries ... great job everyone!
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Nov 8, 2014 9:00 AM CST
As I was narrowing my votes down to 3 in each category I kept thinking there should be an "honorable mention" for each category as well but there are just so many really gorgeous photos it would be just as difficult to pick one. Smiling
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Nov 8, 2014 2:45 PM CST
I spent from 10 am - 3 pm voting. Mind you I went at a leisurely pace (showering and doing laundry in that time too). But still, it took me a long time. But it was a most enjoyable day! I was surprised that the hardest category for me was Bugs and Birds. I kept wanting to throw a tantrum and say NO! I WON'T CHOOSE JUST THREE! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
Nov 8, 2014 3:05 PM CST
I just finished voting but am certain I will check my votes again and perhaps make some changes. I am anticipating the next contest although I know it will be sometime in the future. I've still been prowling through my folders and finding photos that I should have entered. Oh well, there is a limit. We all hope to win but that obviously isn't possible. Will I be disappointed or have resolve to get out there and find some great subjects and take better pictures. It would be fun to have a Multi-plant photo.......perhaps I will suggest it.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Nov 8, 2014 4:20 PM CST
I thought there was a lot of room for additional categories, hopefully we'll have more frequent but smaller contests to coordinate with the plant weeks. I personally don't give a rip about prizes - I suppose they are a good marketing tool for the companies who participate, but don't know how much time was involved getting that piece of the puzzle organized. Beautiful photos -- I tried to focus my votes on well composed photography rather than the prettiest plant, although it was certainly difficult to just choose three. Good luck everyone!
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Nov 8, 2014 4:55 PM CST
Bonehead said:I thought there was a lot of room for additional categories, hopefully we'll have more frequent but smaller contests to coordinate with the plant weeks. I personally don't give a rip about prizes - I suppose they are a good marketing tool for the companies who participate, but don't know how much time was involved getting that piece of the puzzle organized. Beautiful photos -- I tried to focus my votes on well composed photography rather than the prettiest plant, although it was certainly difficult to just choose three. Good luck everyone!


Composition made the deciding votes for me several times
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Nov 8, 2014 5:22 PM CST
Since this is a photography contest, I looked for the artistry of the photo. I looked for things like composition, lighting, color, interesting techniques, focus. Whether are not the flower was pretty was really a minor consideration.
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Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Shawwannda
Nov 8, 2014 6:52 PM CST
This so fun Hurray! but also so difficult. Confused Sighing!
Great entries, good luck and thank you to all who share their (these) beauties w/ us! Thumbs up
Shaw
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Nov 8, 2014 7:03 PM CST
You were right @dave, you made it incredibly easy to look at all the pictures in a short time. Thanks, you are indeed a genius at this!

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