2013 Container Design Challenge: Pick a color, any color!

It's all about monochromatic schemes this year

Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Got a passion for purple, a yen for yellow, or an obsession for orange? This year, we challenge you to create a container design that indulges your love for a single color. Pick a color, and go all out. Green is a given, of course, but your design should include shades and tints of only one additional color, whether it be in the form of flowers or foliage. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

What to submit

• Several jpeg digital images of your container at its peak; the images should be the highest resolution your camera can produce
• A detailed list of all the plants in your container
• Your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)


Entry Deadline: August 16, 2013

Where to send it

Email your entry to [email protected] , or mail a photo CD or memory stick to FG Container Challenge, Fine Gardening, 63 S. Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470-5506 .


For the winner

The winner of the challenge will be featured in a 2014 issue of Fine Gardening . In addition, the winner will receive:
$250 worth of Sun Parasol plants, to be redeemed at your favorite garden center or direct from the company (Sun-Fire Nurseries). Learn more at .

Give your entry the best chances possible

1. Choose flattering light.
Take photos on overcast days
or in the early morning or early evening to avoid capturing harsh light and

2. Focus on the container.
Choose a setting and
background that doesn’t distract from your design.

3. Get the whole picture.
Take photos of your container
from several different angles. Be sure to fit the entire container and its
contents into the frame of the photo.

4. Select the highest quality camera settings.
digital cameras to the resolution at the highest possible setting. If you use
film, save the negatives.

5. Save your plant tags.
We might need to verify some
plant names.

6. Keep your container going strong.
If you are one of
our finalists, you’ll likely be asked to take several more photos of your

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