Help your favorite garden look like a winner!

  • Updated: June 24, 2014 - 1:39 PM

Beautiful Garden winner: Mike and Mary Kulseth transfomed their Andover yerd into a woodland setting with stream, waterfalls, koi ponds and perennial gardens. Andover, MN on August2, 2013. ] JOELKOYAMA•joel koyama@startribune

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It’s Beautiful Gardens season, when we invite readers to enter their favorite gardens in our annual contest. If you plan to nominate a garden this year, here are a few suggestions:

Photos: We ask for photos with each entry. We don’t need many — a few snapshots will do. But we do need something visual. With 100-plus entries, we don’t have the staff to preview every garden. The judging panel reviews submitted photos to determine the winners; those gardens are then visited in person.

Perspective: Close-up photos are fine, but we also need at least one back-off shot that gives us a broader sense of the garden and how elements work together.

Timing: Spring flowers are beautiful. But if they’re all we can see in the photos, or all that’s described, that garden is not likely to be a winner — because we’ll be taking photos in early August, when spring flowers are spent. If the garden has summer-long beauty, please include that.

We’re taking entries through July 11. Send them to: Beautiful Gardens, Star Tribune, 425 Portland Av. S., Minneapolis, MN 55488. Or e-mail entries to beautiful

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