This is a group about gardens. This group showcases gardens and the photographer’s eye in bringing garden design beauty to life.
Examples of elements of gardens are:
- paths, walls, and water features, sitting areas – the elements of hard landscape
- the plants themselves in combination with other plants
- trees, shrubs and plants as specimens in the garden context
- garden ornaments and focal points such as sculptures
- garden structures such as small buildings, pergolas and arches and garden fences and gates, or gardens in the context of architectural structures such as houses
NO SINGLE FLOWER or FLOWER PORTRAIT ENTRIES or BUTTERFLY PORTRAITS or BIRD PORTRAITS or PEOPLE PORTRAITS – these are meant for other groups. We are interested in specimen plants – where they have a garden context. This means no insects, animals, birds, people, etc as the main focus of the image. Also no scenic landscapes of mountains, valleys, oceans, prairies, big sky and cloud images as the focus of the group rather than gardens and garden elements above.
The garden may be the creation of human activity or be created by nature itself. As long as the image displays some aspects and elements above, it will be welcome in the group. Also, a garden can exist as an outdoor space or an indoor one, such as greenhouses and conservatories. It can live in the ground or be raised in a pot, planter or window box. It can even be primarily hard landscaping and achieve a garden’s sensibility.
Our definition of garden used Wikipedia as the starting point:
A garden is a planned space, usually outdoors, set aside for the display, cultivation, and enjoyment of plants and other forms of nature. The garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials. The most common form today is known as a residential garden, but the term garden has traditionally been a more general one. Western gardens are almost universally based on plants, with garden often signifying a shortened form of botanical garden.
In addition to this, we welcome garden images of natural spaces that display garden elements, such as paths and water features. An image of a park with natural or semi-natural plantings is welcome, too, when it displays garden design elements. Many zoos have significant botanical collections and gardens, and we welcome images of those settings. We welcome people, animals and insects in garden images as long as the garden is the central focus.
By submitting your images to the group, please be aware that they may be used within the group for features, forums, avatar, challenge images, showcases of featured members and promotion of your work in journals or on the overview page.