By Jill Brooke
Because people love roses, and it is the National flower as well as the one Aphrodite named for her beloved son Eros, the American Rose Society just completed their annual digital photography contest.
The ARS has been holding this competition for more than 30 years. This year there was more people participating because as ARS’ Beth Smiley observed, “the pandemic must have had everyone taking photos in their gardens.”
Although we regularly feature photographs from the most celebrated artists in the world like Clive Nichols and Deb Shapiro, these are truly amateur photographs and should inspire you to perhaps contribute next year.
It’s easy to do. And it’s always fun to win. Plus it will refocus your lens to start thinking of flowers by looking at their interiors, as well as the petals, and consider the beauty and magic that their existence represents – as well as each flower’s individuality.
Meanwhile, ARS is also sharing the news of a virtual green thumb educational series this Saturday at 1 p.m. called “Landscaping with Roses.” It is hosted by Michael Marriott, one of the world’s leading rosarians, who worked with David Austin for 35 years. Get ready to learn about species roses, old roses, climbers and ramblers and modern roses of course.
He even shows how you can use them as hedges – imagine that. Anyway definitely worth checking out and the pictures are gorgeous.
So what is your favorite rose picture here? There are many options to get involved. Going to share all of them to inspire you. As well as what is involved with the competition. Just do it for fun.
Okay everyone. This gives you a sample of what most competitions require and as you can see, anyone can contribute.