Garden Photo of the Day

The Top 11 GPOD Posts of 2015!

We post over 200 reader gardens every year! Enjoy our countdown of the top 11 Garden Photo of the Day posts of 2015!

In true countdown spirit, we'll start with #11 and count down to #1 (can you guess who holds that spot?).  To see more from each garden, click on the link below each photo!

Thanks for being a part of our enthusiastic gardening community!

11. The Never Ending Garden
10. More Battle of the Patios Photos
9. Downsizing without sacrificing style
8. Superb Small Space Garden Inspiration
7. A happy accident in hypertufa
6. Steve's garden in New Zealand
5. Bob & Claudia's spectacular collaboration in Idaho
4. More clematis from Terie's garden in New York
3. Mark's wonderfully tasteful garden in Connecticut
2. A grotto garden in Pennsylvania
1. Michelle's garden in Connecticut, Day 1


Have a garden you'd like to share in 2016? Please email 5-10 photos (and a brief story about your garden) to [email protected], or tag your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #FineGardening!

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Here's to a beautiful 2016!

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  1. jeffgoodearth 12/31/2015

    I remember all these gardens and happy to enjoy them again. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Especially glad to see Michelle's as it was rare to see her garden on GPOD,,,,,,,,thanks for that too!

    1. Susan_Jensen_Smith 01/04/2016

      Always a fan of Michelle's garden! :)

  2. bsavage 12/31/2015

    Beautiful! I feel like I missed a couple of these, but I don't know how (I look every day!)... I also missed what happened to Michelle. Can anyone fill me in on why she's not writing this anymore?

    1. Susan_Jensen_Smith 12/31/2015

      Hi Brenda, we had some cutbacks earlier this year, but she found an awesome opportunity and is doing well!

      1. bsavage 12/31/2015

        Thank you!

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/31/2015

      Apologies upfront for blog cross-talk because I LOVE GPOD and don't want to divert attention from it. Michelle has a new blog at

      1. bsavage 12/31/2015

        Thanks! I love GPOD also!

  3. user-3565112 12/31/2015

    Since finding this site in the spring I've seen one amazing garden after the other. You obviously put in a lot of hours & made some tough decisions to narrow it down to these 11 beautiful gardens. Thank you for your hard work thru the year, Joe

    1. Susan_Jensen_Smith 12/31/2015

      My part was easy - I just selected the ones with the most page views over the year. Readers were the judges for this!

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/31/2015

        Happy New Year, Susan! Wishing you the best for the coming year and many many thanks for keeping up with GPOD. It is such a treat every post. I don't know this for a fact, but I can guess that work loads are high: wishing you a wonderful and stress-free 2016, and the best to Fine Gardening. I look forward to my print magazine every month!

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    meander_michaele 12/31/2015

    Such a treat to revisit these gardens and click on the link to see all the additional wonderful pictures. Each sharing is such clear proof that there is no "one right way" for a garden to look. Each one reflects the owner and even then, gardens change and evolve over the years. Thanks for bringing these back for an encore!

  5. user-4691082 12/31/2015

    Michelle was downsized because of cutbacks. I pray she has found a new place to share her talents, and I also appreciate that the GPOD of the day still exists! I think I look forward to it more than anything else in my inbox each day, and I know you all feel the same way! Thanks for all of these beautiful reminders, I think my favorite was Bob and Claudia's in Idaho! That took my breath away! As we all say, THIS will be the year!

    1. Susan_Jensen_Smith 12/31/2015

      Michelle is doing very well! :)

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/31/2015

      Please see my note to Brenda. Happy new year!

  6. terieLR 12/31/2015

    Such a sweet surprise to be remembered by the GOPD enthusiasts today! Here are a few pictures from our woodland. We've had only one slight snowfall for this season so far. The unusual climate gifted me with flowering primrose at Christmas time. Happy New Year from our gardens to yours.

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/31/2015

      Your garden and photography are always such a treat. Thanks for the additional photos and Happy New Year!

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        meander_michaele 12/31/2015

        Thanks to a comment from you awhile ago, Tim, I remembered to refresh the page so that the additional pictures from Terie would show up. I initially had a moment of baby crying "Whaaa" when the referred to winter pictures weren't visible on my screen.

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/31/2015

          Share and share alike. Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!

        2. terieLR 12/31/2015

          So glad you came back to view them meander1 ?

      2. terieLR 12/31/2015

        Thank you Tim. I hope to send more come Spring. Happy New Year!

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      meander_michaele 12/31/2015

      So lovely, Terie...the yellow primroses show up beautifully nestled in their soft bed of white snow.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/31/2015

    These posts are like my children: I love them all! So much fun to take a trip down Memory lane. Thanks for pulling this together, Susan. Great idea!!!

  8. GrannyMay 12/31/2015

    Thank you Susan for this lovely way to end the year! And thank you Michelle for getting me hooked on GPOD in the first place! Happy New Year everyone!!

  9. GrannyCC 12/31/2015

    Love the top 11 and everyone else's posts over 2015. Thanks Susan for taking over the helm so professionally. Happy New Year!!

  10. digginWA 12/31/2015

    Thanks to everyone who has shared their gardens this year, and best wishes for florabundance in 2016!

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      meander_michaele 12/31/2015

      Such a neat picture, Tia...hard not to imagine a little sleeping elf or gnome tucked under there taking a snooze.

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/31/2015

    As some of you have already stated, thank you GPOD for starting my days out with beautiful photos and garden inspiration. I look forward to seeing more in 2016. Best to all of you and happy gardening. Oh, and Susan, it really must have been tough to pick just 10 photos. Every one of them is a treat to the eyes.

  12. Meelianthus 12/31/2015

    Kielian ! Your photos are gorgeous. The serene beauty of snow always takes your breath away. The silence that comes with new fallen snow is magical and your 'magical kingdom' really expresses that - you almost expect the 'Snow Queen' to come riding out of the forest ! That weeping willow tree is really grand. What is your temperature there? It is 27 degrees and sunny here on Bainbridge Island but we rarely have snow. Happy New Year to you and might see you at the PNWG Show.

  13. perenniallycrazy 12/31/2015

    Will be forever swooning over those gardens. Wishing everyone a happy new year and a short winter so we all get back to gardening soon!

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    gringopeligroso 12/31/2015

    To Susan and the GPOD Production Staff:
    Just a quick note to state, as have others, that this informal and wonderful recap of the Season's "Best" is a GREAT idea for this format of the Taunton/Fine Gardening franchise!
    These digital reminders also come at a time when most of us are already dreaming of the possibilities of the coming Season and the drool drops on the printed catalouges (also arriving in our other mailboxes at this time of year!) are beginning to flow into each other!
    Of course, budget speed bumps will dry them all too quickly!!
    Hope this format, idea, and review becomes an annual event, and appreciate all y'all do.
    Thanx for the smiles each morning.....and for this olde face, that's not an easy task to do!

    1. Susan_Jensen_Smith 01/04/2016

      Thanks Jesse - you just made my day! :)

  15. user-7007505 12/31/2015

    I echo Terie's kind thoughts. What a nice surprise to end the year.

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