“Oklahoma Gardening” announces water garden contest

Does your water garden have what it takes to be featured on “Oklahoma Gardening?” Enter the water garden contest by May 1 and find out. (Photo by Shutterstock)

By Trisha Gedon

A few lucky Oklahoma gardeners with picturesque water gardens will be featured on “Oklahoma Gardening” later this summer.

Gardeners in Oklahoma are encouraged to enter their water gardens in the “Oklahoma Gardening” contest by emailing 5-10 photos, along with a brief description of the garden, by May 1. Include in the description information such as age and size of the garden, types of plants and the homeowner’s favorite feature about the garden. Also, include contact information, including name, email address, mailing address and phone number.

Photos will be added to the “Oklahoma Gardening” Facebook page, and public voting will begin May 13. Votes will be tallied May 22. In June, the “Oklahoma Gardening” crew will travel the state and film segments with the homeowners whose water gardens received the most votes. The winners will be featured on the show in August.

Casey Hentges, Oklahoma State University Extension associate specialist and host of “Oklahoma Gardening,” anticipates a wide variety of garden submissions.

“Because it’s still a little early in the season and gardeners may not be able to get current photos that depict the true beauty of their water gardens right now, they can submit pictures from previous years,” Hentges said. “Make sure the photos are good representations of what your water garden will look like in the coming growing season.”

“Oklahoma Gardening” regularly hosts a backyard garden contest, and Hentges said this year’s water garden theme was selected because it is how she found her passion for horticulture and gardening.

For more information about the contest, contact Hentges via email or call 405-744-5409.

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