Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners Call for Photos

Pat de Valence of Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners has shared a call for photos with us.  Information is provided in the post below.

Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners are asking for your help with high resolution macro photos of Zone 5 or 6 plants. Ideally, we’d like very close up, well-lit photos of blooms, especially very textural, symmetrical ones. Attached is an example.

 We are working with York Region Environment Promotion & Protection branch, on a Fusion Gardening initiative. Fusion Gardens blend traditional and modern elements to create beautiful, colourful and stylish gardens that are water-wise and low maintenance.

 These photos will be used in combination with other elements, such as stone, wood, mulch, metal, outdoor fabric, and so on. The photos will be used as part of a marketing campaign to encourage homeowners to embrace the principles of Fusion Gardening, particularly right plant, right place.

 Our criteria are plants and foliage that will captivate and inspire new gardeners, and communicate vibrancy:

  • Blooms or foliage with lots of texture
  • Range of colour, especially blooms that have blending of shades or tints
  • Symmetrical
  • Bright and eye catching
  • Southern Ontario (City, Area or Postal Code would be welcome information)

Credit will be provided for these donations on the Fusion Gardening webpage, The webpage is currently in the planning stage and will link to the York Region website. All marketing efforts will include this link such as, newspaper advertising, direct mail, social media posts, supporting videos, posters, etc.) This initiative will be running for a minimum of 3 years.

e are also interested in photographs of gardens that represent the principles of Fusion Gardening:

  • Well-designed gardens with a range of architectural features (including furniture)
  • Beautiful beds with a range of plant material that is in flower, mixed with strong foliage plants
  • Right plant, right place
  • Food plants mixed with ornamentals
  • Plants with low water requirements
  • Plants that are easy to grow and maintain
  • Beautiful gardens that integrate low impact design (i.e. rain gardens, bioswales, infiltration trenches)
  • An ideal outdoor oasis with “fusion gardening” aspects

If you know of suitable residential gardens where the gardener is open to having their garden photographed to promote this program, that too, would be much appreciated.

Ross Chevalier

Technologist, photographer, videographer, general pest

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