Zen Garden – For the love of gardens

ZenGarden.club is an ever-growing collection of poetry, haiku, photography, fiction, 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 writing contests have become popular with writers from all over the world.  These contests are open to all ages and foster a deep appreciation of the natural world, while allowing writers to make their work known to a wide audience.  Our prestigious judges select the Grand Prize winners, and give feedback; there is also a public voting segment which introduces thousands of readers to our stories, and allows a second path to winning!

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!

We dream of writing a better world - one flower at a time.
We believe in gardens - the ones in our back yards, and the ones in our imaginations.
We are committed to family-friendly content, and an engaged, supportive community!
We curate all our content so that you don't have to. We only present the best of the best!
We provide a platform of beauty and inspiration, worthy of your finest creations.
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Kirtan Savith Kumar - Writer - Singapore.
Leena Auckel - Writer and Poet - Mauritius.
Peter Briggs - Writer - Italy
Devyn Cannon – Writer and Gardener - United States
Zantal Siah, Writer and Poet - Malaysia
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Continuous contests - There is always a contest in progress. As a subscriber, you can enter as many times as you wish!
Book publishing - If your story is shortlisted, it may appear in one of our Amazon Kindle books!
Prompts - We provide artistic, inspiring prompts to help you create your best work. Many of our best prompts have come from our members!
Personal reviews - Real people read each word of your stories - no artificial intelligence, robots or automated selections.
Rewards - We offer cash prizes, publication, and creative Winners Pages to all our winners!
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Prestigious judges - Our judges wear a variety of hats - Oxford scholar, professor, editor, published author ... and much more!
Talented writers - Your story will be in good company, surrounded by the best works of creative writers of all ages.
Outstanding support - Our support team is here to help you. We respond quickly and personally to all our subscribers.
International team - Our creators, writers, designers, and support staff come from over thirty countries!
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If you sign up for our Free Membership, you’ll get a regular newsletter with updates about contests, public voting, winners, and other newsworthy events.  
Becoming a Subscriber allows you to enter our ongoing contests.  Most writing contests charge a fee per entry.  With one small monthly subscription, you can enter unlimited stories in all of our contests!

Our flash fiction contests have become a magnet for creative, talented writers from around the world!  Each invites you to write a very short story – 350 words or less – inspired by a flower or garden topic:

  • Fleur (2020) Flower haiku/picture prompt, winners selected by judge and by public voting
  • Photo Flora (2019) Picture prompt, winners selected by public voting
  • Nutshell Narrative (2019)  Flower haiku/picture prompts, winners selected by judge

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!

Northumberland Walks

Member Susan Dawson tells us in her bio, “At the start of the COVID19 pandemic I found it very difficult to concentrate on writing, but

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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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