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Concern

Postby midgin » Fri May 25, 2007 4:35 pm

Re competition photos, my concern is that there appears to be people on GE who feel their 'pride and joy' garden patch photo may not be up to the standard of other entries that have been submitted.

To be honest the average gardener does not have the landscaped, perfectly manicured garden that we see and admire in glossy magazines.

The average gardener, may buy their bulbs/plants from GE and have a dream of a beautiful garden, but they also are aware of the reality of their backyard.... it is a place that is enjoyed by mum, dad, the dog, the cat and a load of washing on the line.

It makes me wonder if we are missing out on some wonderful entries by the average gardener/Mr Joe Blow... just darn good shots of darn good gardens.

What is the solution?
Any suggestions??
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Postby Pam » Fri May 25, 2007 4:43 pm

I would hope that people don't feel intimidated, Midgin. Experience has shown that it is often the 'simpler' shots that the judges choose. That being because they're after shots for catalogues (generally) that show people what they can achieve at home themselves.

And I for one love seeing pics of people's gardens, it's the next best thing to actually visiting!
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Postby Sam » Fri May 25, 2007 4:49 pm

It is also great for ideas!
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Postby Pam » Fri May 25, 2007 4:54 pm

You bet! :D
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Postby Patricia » Fri May 25, 2007 6:00 pm

Midg ...my thoughts are that the judges should be looking at the "home garden entries"..I can understand that we all like to share pics but am sure that most of the entries submitted by GEer's that have been taken in areas other than your own back garden would rather see the prize go to someone who has "slaved" etc over their own garden...(also of course I don't think that GE could legally publish a pic of a winning entry without the "owners" permission)....I guess these pics do however give us all lots of ideas & things to strive for...I personally love the "gallery side" of this GE forum.. probably because I am hopeless at the botanical names & often love a plant/tree etc but have no idea of what its called until some one puts in on here!! :)
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Postby Pam » Fri May 25, 2007 6:10 pm

Patricia, my understanding is that the public places pics have been posted for that reason - to give ideas etc.
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Postby Patricia » Fri May 25, 2007 6:14 pm

Pam I realise that..& as I said they DO give me ideas.. :D ..as long as people entering don't think they have to compete with professional gardeners...because I don't think that was ever what was intended..
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Postby Pam » Fri May 25, 2007 6:15 pm

No, what you're saying is absolutely right, Patricia.
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Postby midgin » Fri May 25, 2007 6:17 pm

Hey Guys.... I was thinking along the lines of... lets see those garden pics of yours... you- Mr and Mrs Average...like me just a gardener from the suburbs.... ...help... :(
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Postby Pam » Fri May 25, 2007 6:18 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Postby Mister Wisteria » Fri May 25, 2007 6:40 pm

I just like all the snaps regardless of where they come from and there have been some good ones. They can give you good idea's as well. Personally I don't give hoot who wins, I know it won't be me, good luck to them. :D
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Postby Patricia » Fri May 25, 2007 7:00 pm

Mr W..I think we all think the same...the comps are fun though & I do enjoy looking at each entry....
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Postby Comeilotei » Fri May 25, 2007 8:24 pm

Patricia wrote:Mr W..I think we all think the same...the comps are fun though & I do enjoy looking at each entry....


Yep I agree.

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Postby Pam » Sat May 26, 2007 6:08 am

I have always felt intimidated when posting photos on here as I feel that the company I am in is much more experienced and knowledgable than me.


Rose-Lover, please don't. If you haven't already done so, take a browse through the past comps and look at the pics that one compared with some of the other entries. What the judges want is something that can be achieved by the average gardener. I think we all love to see gardens on a grand scale, but for me, it's the little bit of the individual gardener that they have put into their 'pride and joy' as Migin so aptly put it, that wins for me hands down.
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Postby abwal » Sat May 26, 2007 9:33 am

After reading all the posts on this topic, I would have to say that I agree with all of them. This may seem a little strange as some seem be written from a different perspective. I, too, like looking at pics of all types of gardens, but I feel that some entries in the competition would have been better placed in the Gallery. I have always had the feeling that competition entries should show show the achievements of the entrant and not of someone else.

With the great standard achieved by many of our members, I can see no point in members submitting some of these entries as their own gardens are far nicer and much more interesting.
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Postby Mister Wisteria » Sat May 26, 2007 11:03 am

I agree with you Ab, maybe the competitions should only be of your own garden and another section for the other snaps. I would hope nobody is put off by feeling their garden is not good enough, to me there is no such thing. Its yours, be proud of it and show it off. I just love all the snaps put on this forum and get great enjoyment out of them even if I don't always make a comment. :D Must admit though, the closest I would get to a entry in the Hedges and Borders is my tatty grass along the side of my concrete driveway. The decision would have to be would I leave it natural or trim the edge. :oops: :lol:
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Postby abwal » Sat May 26, 2007 3:09 pm

Mr W. you could call it a Native Border.
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Postby enrico » Sat May 26, 2007 5:46 pm

abwal wrote:Mr W. you could call it a Native Border.



:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: nice one Ab.
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Postby Mister Wisteria » Sat May 26, 2007 6:31 pm

Oh dear, got me again. :oops: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Concern

Postby Yani » Sun May 27, 2007 10:12 pm

midgin wrote:Re competition photos, my concern is that there appears to be people on GE who feel their 'pride and joy' garden patch photo may not be up to the standard of other entries that have been submitted.

To be honest the average gardener does not have the landscaped, perfectly manicured garden that we see and admire in glossy magazines.


Perhaps I am one of the people midgin mentioned :oops: :oops: . My concern is my garden is still very young garden. Most plants that grow now are perennials or annuals while I'm waiting for more permanent shrubs & trees to grow. So still lots of bare views in the garden, unlike more established gardens. That's why, in my eyes, my garden "kind of" not eligible yet for any competition. Perhaps in few years time, it'll look better :oops: .

I love looking through other people's garden. It's like "peeking" through online fence :lol: :lol: :lol: So much fun and give you some great ideas of what to do and improve in your own garden. Like others, I don't reallyc are who win. I love all the pictures and sadly....they always make my wish list getting longer and longer with all beautiful plants and flowers :wink: .
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