I am constantly asked to contribute photos to various non-profit groups. My usual response is to ask if everyone else is working for free, but occasionally I want to give my photos to causes. Such as the new EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Photo Contest – Water Saving Yard.
I feel like it is my responsibility to encourage gardeners to have success and hope the EPA contest gets lots of submissions, creating an on-line gallery that will inspire water smart gardens by showing good pictures of what actually works. I am going to enter the contest myself and hope PhotoBotanic Workshop students will also contribute. I am offering a prize on Gardening Gone Wild, the Plants for Summer-Dry Gardens disc, and anyone who wants to submit though links on that site is eligible.
Now, can you help me decide what one photo I should enter ?
Should I stay true to my California focus and show a rustic back yard with no lawn and native plants?
Or this front yard lawn meadow in Santa Barbara using native grasses?
I know from my travels that my favorite gardens are those that save water by being adapted to the local conditions, often using native plants. Here is Melinda Taylor’s SITES® certified garden in Pennsylvania.
And one of Larry Weiner’s meadows in Connecticut: Water Saving by using native plants.
In New Mexico, this Judith Philips design uses native grasses for water saving alternative lawns.
And David Salman, who started High Country Gardens, has his own magnificent Water Saving Yard also in New Mexico, where water is always precious.
There are 8 choices. I can only submit one. Which would you send?
Link to the Plants for Summer-Dry Gardens disc, the prize on Gardening Gone Wild.