Our photo contest has become more popular over the years! Who knew there were so many gardeners in the Okanagan who were also budding photographers. (Score yourself extra points if you saw that pun! Haha!) On this page we’ll explain what the categories are and what the appropriate photos are for each category. It’s hard to judge a plant photo against another plant photo if a cool butterfly is front and centre, so we’ve added and split categories over the years to try to keep the submissions similar.
You may submit up to 12 photos total. Put them all in one category or spread your entries across multiple categories.
Two winners will be chosen per category: one by public vote and one by The Greenery Family. There are some great prizes to be won, including a gardener's gift basket packed with gardening essentials and gift certificates.
Bring on the colour! Annual flower beds display the richest hues that Mother Nature has to offer. We're looking for thoughtfully composed flowerbeds that provide a contrast of plant types.
A great perennial garden doesn't require all the bright colours as annual flower beds do in order to make you go "Wow!" Creative organization of high and low plants and lush foliage make for excellent voting material.
If you can put a plant in it, it's a planter! Whether it's your classic round pot or an overflowing bathtub of flowers, almost everything goes with this category. We've seen creative entries like wine crates, boats, and even motorcycles used as planters! You don't have to be weird and wacky to take home the trophy for this category either—we're looking for play in various textures and colours in your planter as well.
When all you can see is a cascade of flowers and leaves floating in mid-air—no sign of the "hanging basket" part in sight—you know you're doing it right! Big blooms and excellent composition of plants are key to making a winning hanging basket.
Your planter or hanging basket doesn't need to have big blooms to be beautiful. This foliage-focused category is for those who enjoy a more leafy arrangement of plants (succulent lovers: here’s your chance!). Note: some flowers are okay (even foliage plants have to bloom at times) but the majority of the plants need to be foliage.
Are you enjoying the fruits or veggies of your labour? Before you take a bite—show us your bounty! Previously the "Best Fall Fair Vegetables", we've expanded this category to include fruits so that all your tomato photos can be included as well ;) Go ahead: make us jealous over your melons!
Edible garden growers unite... to duke it out and take home the prize for this category! Whether you’re a fruit whisperer or a veggie wrangler, we’re looking for where all the magic happens. Let’s see your playground! Patio container gardens count too.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with your flourishing flowery friends. This is arguably our most popular category so it's well worth it to take extra care in your photos! Note: If you're focusing on a critter-crawly in your close-up, please enter it in the "Best Insects & Plants" category instead. The Flower Close-up category is for your flowers to shine, not the bugs!
There is an old saying, "Teach a kid how to garden and they might get really addicted..." (is that how it goes?!) This is the category to show off your blossoming little gardeners hard at work. Submit photos of them harvesting, interacting, and caring for the family's garden!
Let's be honest, your garden brings joy to more than just you. All the furry, feathery creatures love it too—whether you want them to or not! Be it the innocent looking puppy with dirt stained paws or some goslings helping with the weeding, share them with us.
These plants aren't afraid of taking a dunk in the water! Put out your best water garden, filled with water lilies or other water plants doing what they do best in their liquid environment. Don't forget this category includes water garden bowls too!
A wonderful thing about gardening is that we have no problem getting down and dirty with our multi-legged/no-legged creatures. If you've got a busy bee buzzing around or ladybug diligently tending your garden, snap a shot!