Garden Photo of the Day

The Garden in Winter, Day #3

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Dennis Kruse

Today’s photo has the feel of a 19th-century postcard: soft-edged and restrained.

The new Garden in Winter photo contest is now on in our online photo gallery! Check out the details here. We started this tradition last year, when we asked our readers to post photos of the things that make them happy in their gardens in winter. The responses were beautiful, and we’re featuring photos from last year’s contest all this week to inspire you to take winter photos in your garden this year. Post them in the gallery and you could win a $100 gift certificate from!

Today’s photo is another winner from last year’s winter garden photography contest, and it’s from Dennis Kruse in Virginia. He said, “Gardening is my wife’s passion, but I have become caught up in her enthusiasm. I enjoy photographing the flowers that she tends. While visiting France in 2008, we toured gardens in Loire and Provence. We fell in love with the garden pergolas we saw at various hotels and gardens. We wanted to capture the calmness and serenity we found in the French gardens and recreate those feelings in our own garden. The pergola is tucked into a shady area of oak and maple trees. It is surrounded by azaleas, rhododendron, mahonia, hemlocks and native wildflowers. When sitting under the pergola, one looks out on the sunny garden filled with native plants and bushes that attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
We have been working on our garden since we moved to Virginia five years ago. It has finally reached the point where we can actually sit down and enjoy it once in awhile rather than always be working in it!

Stay tuned for more winter photos from last year’s contest for the rest of the week, and get outside with your camera!

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  1. stanhorst 12/22/2010


  2. sheilaschultz 12/22/2010

    What a lovely sight out the window on a snowy day.

  3. arboretum 12/22/2010

    Feel like Peace. thanks so much.

  4. ncgardener 12/23/2010

    I love the pergola, do you have vines on it during the summer? Maybe you will come back and delight us with a summer photo. Thanks

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