Garden verse poetry contest

Spring brings out the poet in me. I’m so rejuvinated by the deepening green of our lawn, the cheer of birdsong, and the cascade of fuchsia bougainvilleas along the garden walls that I can’t help but toss out lovely words like blossom, bloom, and bud.

Every day, clumps of feathery alyssum grow rounder as they fill in the bare patches of earth. Thanks to April showers, March’s seed is giving way to tender blades of new grass. And my perennial coreopsis is shamelessly showing off in the front flower bed.

Are you reveling in spring too? Have you been buying new garden gloves and seedlings? Planting vegetables and flowers? Eyeing a new fountain or bench for your yard? Are you savoring the sights, sounds, and smells of spring? Are words like garden, ladybug, and hollyhock rolling around on your tongue?

Then you’ve got the bug—and you’ll want to know about Horticulture Magazine’s Garden Verse Poetry Awards and a chance to win up to $250! (Contest has ended)

Poems about Spring

For inspiration, check out these websites and savor some spring poetry.

Enter the Poetry Contest

Enter here. The deadline has been extended to May 3,  2010 so you have a whole week  to write a garden-themed poem. There’s no age limit, so why not make this a family activity?

Linger over our Spring Word Bank for even more ideas and motivation.

Above all, enjoy the journey.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    JoJo Tabares

    What a great idea!

  • Posted April 26, 2010


    Why does it cost though?? It is a great idea but not if it costs! And $20 per entry??

    We will use this to get our poetic juices flowing…but not be entering the contest.

  • Posted April 26, 2010


    Blossom: Writing contests sometimes do charge an entry fee. Many people choose to avoid those and instead look for contests with no (or very low) fees.

    I agree that $20 seems a bit high, though it’s not unreasonable given the $250 top prize. But I’m thinking that if they charged less, they’d probably get more submissions.

    Either way, I’m glad you’re using these ideas as a launching point for your family’s poetry writing. In my mind, that’s the important part!

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