Zen Garden – For the love of gardens

ZenGarden.club is an ever-growing collection of poetry, haiku, photography, and other art about gardens and gardeners.  We also present famous gardens, both ancient and modern, alongside visits to the wonderful gardens of our members and contributors.

Like a good garden, our features change with the seasons, and offer something for everyone to enjoy.  Our contests are open to all ages and foster a deep appreciation of the natural world, while allowing artists and writers to make their work known to a wide audience.

Explore all our pages, and enjoy!


Zen Garden Art
We are delighted to present “Sweet Peas and Bumble Bee” by Heidi Malott as our ZenGarden featured image. Click to learn more about this wonderful artist!


Our current Trending pages have been carefully selected by our ZenGarden team, who each listed their favorites. They all reported that it was hard to narrow the list down to just ten!  The Trending list will change periodically, to include new entries and new favorites.

Any page on the current trending list is open to the General Public and to our Free Members. Subscribers can visit other pages by using our Search or by selecting from the main menu. We invite you to explore everything on this site.

Each picture below is a portal to a new page of garden treasures.  Click on any picture to go deeper!



Memories of Monet

Memories of Monet  — This wonderful photograph from the Waterlily Gardens of Gibbs Garden in Georgia inspired its own haiku!  The Gibbs Waterlily Gardens are the largest natural display of waterlilies in the nation. Five ponds showcase over 140 varieties


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Basho’s Lilies – A New Way of Seeing

Basho’s Lilies – A New Way of Seeing — Basho’s haiku about lilies consists of only three short lines, containing a few brief words. Those of us who love this haiku have discovered that it gets deeper and more meaningful


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If you love gardens and art and you’re inspired by what you’ve seen in ZenGarden.club, come join us and become a member or subscriber!

Free Membership gives you:

  • Regular newsletters with links to new articles
  • Access to all Trending entries – featured poems, haiku, photographs and art, updated seasonally
  • Access to Contact Us
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All Subscription Levels give you:

  • Access to all of our articles – most recent plus archives
  • Reminders of upcoming contests and special events
  • Email support for problems or questions
  • Ability to enter a contest
  • Access to interactive pages
  • Your work can be considered for publication
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Current Contest

Help us continue the celebration by entering your own creations into one of our exciting contests:

 

  • Nutshell Narrative contests – write a short backstory or commentary to match a selected haiku
  • Haiku contests – enter a typed or hand-written haiku, combined with any original artistic illustration
  • Poetry contests – submit an original poem typed or in your own handwriting, related to gardens or gardeners
  • Photography contests – take an award winning picture of anything related to gardens
  • Art contests – enter original paintings, mosaics, sketches, oils, line drawings and other visual art medium that celebrates gardens


Celebrating gardens and gardeners with poetry

Click on the title or either picture to enter the Poetry Portal.

We love discovering and sharing poems about gardens and gardeners!  We have many old favorites you’re sure to recognize, including A. E. Housman’s “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now” and “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams.  We also offer exciting new poems by contemporary gardener/poets.  Share gardening wisdom and high art in “Pulling Onions”, or listen in on a “Conversation with Tarahumara Sunflower Seed Packet”.  You’re sure to find something to inspire, delight and bring pleasure.  New poetry is always being added, so tune in frequently!


Between our two lives / there is also the life of / the cherry blossom. – Basho

Haiku is a perfect medium for celebrating gardens and going deeper into the lessons we learn as gardeners.  Gardens change with the seasons, as do we humans.  To enjoy a garden is to pay attention to brief moments of magnificence, while also learning patience and wisdom.  All these characteristics of gardens and those who grow them and love them provide wonderful material for haiku.  From the old masters to the three lines you wrote in your garden yesterday, we enjoy sharing the ever growing collection of haiku in our Zen Garden.


Mason bee peering over the edge of a leaf, happy it’s not raining. – Photo by Rusty Burlew at Honey Bee Suite

Click on the title or either picture to enter the Photography Portal.

Gardens and cameras are perfect partners.  The wonder of a garden increases with time, as we view magnificent landscapes, closeups and special effects in stunning pictures created by the miracles of today’s photographers.

Enter this portal if you want to be amazed and inspired.  Our photographers range from gardeners snapping photos in their backyard to professionals whose specialty is flower photography.

Enjoy!

Click on the title or either picture to enter the Art Portal.

ZenGarden is blessed with a fabulous group of incredibly talented artists. We are so grateful to these folks, who have given us permission to share their various forms of art with you. Hailing from various parts of the United States and Canada, each of these painters, sculptors, mosaic artists, and creators offers us their unique insight into the world of gardens, flowers, woodlands and meadows.
 
Enter this portal to see still another beautiful side of gardens!

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