The 2019 Garden.org Photo Contest

The contest is finished. Congratulations to the Best of Show winners! To view the winners of each category, click on the categories below.
Welcome to the 2019 Garden.org Photo Contest, sponsored for the third year in a row by our good friends at Bluestone Perennials!

Submit your favorite photos from your collection, and the members of the site will then vote for their favorites. The winning photos from each category will be pitted against each other in one final, epic vote to determine the ultimate Best of Show winners.

Bluestone Perennials has generously provided great prizes for the top 3 winners! The Grand Prize Best of Show winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to their online store. The second place winner will get a $125 gift certificate, and the third place winner gets a $75 gift certificate.

Additionally, the 1st place winner of each individual category will receive a Garden.org microbadge commemorating their victory, as well as 50 acorns and the acclaim and admiration of their peers. The Best of Show winner will receive an additional 250 acorns.

Last year we had nearly 3,000 photos submitted, and this year promises to be another great showing of amazing photos!

The Rules: Limit one prize per member. If the same person wins 1st and 2nd place, then that person only gets the first place prize and the next winner down gets the second prize. Prizes must be shipped to the contiguous US and Alaska.

Photos submitted must be your own creation without significant digital alteration, and must not have been submitted to previous Garden.org photo contests.

After the contest is over, entries submitted may be linked into our database of plants where appropriate. By submitting photos to our contest, you grant us permission to publish and use those photos in accordance with the Garden.org Terms of Service. There is a panel of photo contest moderators (who are not participating in the contest) who will review submissions and disqualify photos from the contest for whatever reason they may deem appropriate.

Bluestone Perennials is a long-time favorite mail-order nursery, famous for their titanic selection and outstanding customer service. Bluestone is a family owned and operated business founded in 1972 by Richard Boonstra and now run by his son, Bill and his wife Sarah. Located close to Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio, Bluestone grows and ships their own plants. The nursery has 5+ acres of greenhouses that are bursting with more than 1,000 varieties of beautiful perennials, shrubs, mums, and ornamental grasses, all grown in plantable earth friendly pots and shipped in earth-friendly fully recyclable packaging . They offer a free catalog and an outstanding website.

We are grateful to them for sponsoring this year's contest again with such great prizes!
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3,732 entries from 271 people were submitted.

Category Entries
Daylilies 181
Irises 156
Lilies (Lilium) 132
Roses 213
Dahlias 115
Hibiscuses 67
Orchids and Other Tropical Plants 119
Bulbs (including corms, tubers, and rhizomes) 211
Wildflowers and Native Plants 226
Cacti and Succulents 175
Vines 144
Trees and Shrubs 246
Vegetables and Fruit 141
Other Annuals and Perennials 332
Containers 120
Foliage 154
Scenic Landscapes (Public gardens and parks, seascapes, sunsets, snowscapes, etc.) 280
Personal Landscaping 162
Wildlife and Plants 293
Miscellaneous 265

Discussions centered on the various photos:
Subject Thread Starter Last Reply Replies
Pretty Passiflora Ursula Jun 30, 2024 7:39 AM 4
Untitled bluegrassmom Mar 21, 2024 5:01 PM 0
Soft Beauty JewelsL Dec 17, 2023 6:36 PM 1
That face! NMoasis Dec 16, 2023 6:54 PM 11
Colorful autumn leaves by Galanthophile lauriemorningglory Dec 16, 2023 12:21 AM 3
Lily 4susiesjoy Dec 15, 2023 5:04 PM 2
Untitled kfbf2 Dec 14, 2023 11:09 PM 1
Ooooh, now I see dirtdorphins Dec 14, 2023 11:07 PM 4
What a show! dirtdorphins Dec 14, 2023 5:35 PM 1
Lovely 4susiesjoy Dec 14, 2023 4:52 PM 0
Batik iris lauriemorningglory Dec 11, 2023 5:58 PM 2
Wow! MargieNY Dec 11, 2023 8:13 AM 1
Bonus! dirtdorphins Dec 10, 2023 10:58 AM 0
bright pink dahlia lauriemorningglory Dec 9, 2023 5:23 PM 2
Beautiful photo of a beautiful suject! LoriMT Dec 9, 2023 5:22 PM 6
Pink flowers growing on rock lauriemorningglory Dec 9, 2023 5:20 PM 4
Congratulations 🎉 HamiltonSquare Dec 9, 2023 5:17 PM 6
Dahlia dillydale Dec 9, 2023 11:13 AM 0
Love it! MargieNY Dec 9, 2023 9:27 AM 1
Lovely purple orchid lauriemorningglory Dec 8, 2023 9:42 PM 3
Love that pink! LoriMT Dec 8, 2023 8:56 PM 5
Persian carpet flower lauriemorningglory Dec 8, 2023 7:33 PM 0
Figaro Orange dahlia lauriemorningglory Dec 8, 2023 7:24 PM 0
Very showy MargieNY Dec 8, 2023 6:49 PM 4
Containers winner: Plant drawers! lauriemorningglory Dec 8, 2023 6:44 PM 2
kfbf2 Pink daylily 2nd place lauriemorningglory Dec 8, 2023 6:31 PM 2
Hauntingly Beautiful JewelsL Dec 8, 2023 11:23 AM 0
So Pretty! JewelsL Dec 8, 2023 11:03 AM 0
Untitled JewelsL Dec 8, 2023 10:57 AM 0
lovely! JewelsL Dec 8, 2023 10:51 AM 0
Captivating! JewelsL Dec 8, 2023 10:41 AM 0
Soft Beauty JewelsL Dec 8, 2023 10:35 AM 0
Beautiful composition of blue and orange! LoriMT Dec 8, 2023 8:43 AM 2
Congratulations Lyshack Dec 8, 2023 8:30 AM 3
Congratulations Lyshack Dec 8, 2023 8:28 AM 3
Congratulations! blue23rose Dec 8, 2023 8:27 AM 1
This tree vic Dec 8, 2023 8:16 AM 2
So good to see this Japanese Iris in the photo competition LoriMT Dec 8, 2023 7:33 AM 1
what a great trip that must have been Lyshack Dec 8, 2023 5:53 AM 1
Rose Quartz Jillz Dec 8, 2023 5:28 AM 2
So many open blooms! LoriMT Dec 8, 2023 4:58 AM 3
I have dahlia envy! LoriMT Dec 8, 2023 12:49 AM 2
In the Prem car park? LoriMT Dec 8, 2023 12:44 AM 1
Fir needles lauriemorningglory Dec 7, 2023 11:20 PM 2
I have tulip envy! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 11:03 PM 2
2nd place dahlia beautiful colors lauriemorningglory Dec 7, 2023 10:52 PM 1
One of my favorites! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 10:51 PM 3
Gold and Great MargieNY Dec 7, 2023 10:50 PM 3
Wow dirtdorphins Dec 7, 2023 10:41 PM 3
Breath-taking view! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 10:32 PM 5
Congrats 1st place cactus/succulents lauriemorningglory Dec 7, 2023 10:21 PM 1
Droplets on grassy seed head lauriemorningglory Dec 7, 2023 10:18 PM 0
Pumpkin lauriemorningglory Dec 7, 2023 9:54 PM 0
Wonderful mix of colors and, wow, look at all those buds! Lyshack Dec 7, 2023 9:54 PM 1
The Florida perspective of Autumn! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 8:39 PM 1
Stunning hawk! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 8:24 PM 3
Whimsical Lyshack Dec 7, 2023 8:18 PM 1
You captured the excitement of the spring's first tomato blooms! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 7:38 PM 2
Congratulations Lyshack Dec 7, 2023 7:15 PM 0
I love this photo! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 6:37 PM 1
One of my faves plasko20 Dec 7, 2023 6:32 PM 1
Beautiful lily 4susiesjoy Dec 7, 2023 4:27 PM 0
Beautiful MargieNY Dec 7, 2023 4:12 PM 1
O'So Pretty MargieNY Dec 7, 2023 2:00 PM 0
Many stunning photos! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 1:55 PM 1
Beautiful garden! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 12:11 PM 1
Is it real? LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 8:30 AM 1
Got my attention! LoriMT Dec 7, 2023 8:27 AM 1
Gorgeous shot dirtdorphins Dec 7, 2023 6:10 AM 2
Which daylily cultivar? LoriMT Dec 6, 2023 11:24 PM 1
wonderful capture carol! drirastucker Dec 2, 2023 4:47 PM 0
Untitled gardengus Sep 25, 2023 1:51 PM 0
Identify please! Tassies1mom Sep 23, 2023 8:45 AM 1
rip chelle Apr 24, 2023 6:28 PM 0
Pink daylily lauriemorningglory Mar 24, 2023 4:51 AM 1
Untitled Artsee1 Mar 5, 2023 5:23 PM 2
Perfection. tigerpaws Mar 4, 2023 8:29 AM 1
What is that? WebTucker Feb 20, 2023 5:53 PM 2
overall shape purpleinopp Feb 18, 2023 9:23 AM 2
peaceful scene LoriMT Feb 6, 2023 9:02 PM 1
Beautiful! 4susiesjoy Jan 25, 2023 6:49 AM 4
stunning colors and form LoriMT Jan 20, 2023 11:30 PM 1
Which daylily? LoriMT Jan 10, 2023 1:53 PM 1
Impressive expanse of lilies LoriMT Jan 8, 2023 6:51 AM 2
Beautiful photo of beautiful lily LoriMT Jan 7, 2023 7:48 PM 1
The light dances LoriMT Jan 6, 2023 11:47 PM 3
Nice combination of iris LoriMT Jan 6, 2023 6:32 AM 2
Which Siberian Iris? LoriMT Jan 6, 2023 6:09 AM 1
raindrops and rainbow LoriMT Jan 6, 2023 12:56 AM 1
Electric colors LoriMT Jan 5, 2023 8:18 PM 1
so simple, but so hopeful LoriMT Jan 5, 2023 5:43 PM 1
Untitled LoriMT Jan 5, 2023 4:28 PM 2
Touching drawing LoriMT Jan 4, 2023 3:08 PM 3
enjoying the garden LoriMT Jan 4, 2023 8:54 AM 5
beautiful spider daylilies LoriMT Jan 4, 2023 8:04 AM 2
beautiful blueberry candy LoriMT Jan 3, 2023 10:27 PM 1
Untitled LoriMT Jan 3, 2023 8:32 PM 1
Now that is a clump of daylilies! LoriMT Jan 3, 2023 7:34 PM 0
If I were a pollinator ... LoriMT Jan 3, 2023 7:27 PM 0
So much anticipation! LoriMT Jan 3, 2023 7:19 PM 0

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