Why I Garden – A contest

Ladies and Gentlemen, gardeners everywhere, listen up and sharpen your pencils, go clickety click on your keyboard. Put on your thinking caps.

I want to know why you garden.

Yes, I do. I have my reasons. First, I am truly curious. What makes you brave the wind, sleet, high temperatures, low temperatures, frost and frost bite to put little tiny seeds or great big trees in the ground. Why oh why? And you do it again and again. Eternal optimists, yes. But I know there is more to your story. Tell me what it is.

There will be prizes. A grand prize, yet to be determined. Cash. Gifts. Publicity. Fame. Not so much fortune. Fun.

The details:

1. Try to keep it to a short essay, say, under 500 words. One entry per person please.
2. The deadline is the Winter Solstice, 8:47 am, Monday, December 21st, Mountain Time.
3. Send an email to whyigarden@gmail.com with the essay entry in its entirety.
4. If you have a blog, feel free to post your essay on it, then leave a comment here with a link so that others can read it, too.

Come on, tell me WHY!

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16 Responses to Why I Garden – A contest

  1. You’ll get as many different answers as entries, I bet, though there are sure to be some themes that emerge. I’ve probably already put my reasons down at some point, but I’ll re-evaluate them & reformulate again. I hope I can get it down to 500 words.

  2. Rose says:

    I’ve been asked this question many times, especially by my children who think I’m a bit obsessed:) I had planned a post related to this anyway; I’ll let you know when I’ve posted it.

  3. Helen Yoest says:

    Oh my, this will take some thinking. It’s like asking why I’m right handed.

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  6. Liisa says:

    I recently explored this question, and posted “Confessions of a Plant-a-holic.” http://liisainvermont.com/?p=416 🙂

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  9. “Oh my, this will take some thinking. It’s like asking why I’m right handed.”

    *LOLOL* :~D It’s like asking “Why do you breathe?”
    I shall work on mine. It may come easy, if the Muse is out and about and playing with the Garden Faes. Or it may come haltingly, if that self-same Muse is snoozing. Regardless, Tough or easy, it shall be fun! It shall be done! /rubs her paws together! :~D


  10. Hi Mary Ann,

    Heard about your contest at Kathy Purdy’s site. Great idea. Here’s my post: http://loisdevries.blogspot.com/2009/12/why-i-garden.html


  11. KathyG says:

    Thanks for this contest, and for getting us all thinking about this question! Here is the link to my answer:


  12. Christine B. says:

    Just discovered this contest last night and got a laugh out of coming up with something coherent. Join me at the Last Frontier Garden to read at:


  13. Joan Bailey says:

    Nothing like getting this in under the wire! I enjoyed writing the post so much! Thanks for asking the question.


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