Garden Galleries

Designed to bring another form of imagery and perspective to Garden & Landscape Expo, the all-new garden galleries showcase garden art and design. You are invited to view this year’s photography competition gallery, contribute to a virtual community garden, explore a botanical quilt exhibit, watch a gardening still life painting demonstration, listen to a garden poetry narration, and view a floral design display. You can also vote for your favorite image from the photography competition gallery for the Viewers’ Choice award! Click on the images or title links below to enter each gallery experience.

Photo Competition Gallery

Amateur photographers were invited to enter photographs in six different categories: Novice Eye (ages 7-15), Macro, Landscape, Plants and Flowers, Abstract and Phone/Tablet. Entries were juried and judged prior to the event by three professional photographers. Cash prizes are awarded for first through third place in each category. There is also a Viewers’ Choice award, which participants can vote on during the virtual Garden & Landscape Expo. This stunning exhibit captures the natural beauty of Wisconsin.

Virtual Community Garden

Share a photo of your garden (or favorite plant) along with your favorite gardening advice in our virtual garden!

Botanical Quilt Challenge Exhibit

Each year, PBS Wisconsin’s Great Wisconsin Quilt Show hosts a themed quilting challenge. This year’s quilts all incorporate a botanical theme. Enjoy a glimpse of spring splendor that’s sure to inspire next year’s garden! Using a special 3-D camera, the PBS Wisconsin team set up and captured video and photos of the exhibit. Enjoy an immersive and interactive walk-through with access to high resolution images and detailed information about each quilt.

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Garden Still Life Painting Demo

Bethann Moran-Handzlik is a painter who works from direct observation and memory. Her work was part of the 2019 “Uprooted: Plants in a Changing Climate” exhibition held at The James Watrous Gallery in Madison. Bethann’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries, museums and plein air venues. She teaches at UW-Whitewater. Her work reminds us of the beauty of Wisconsin native plant communities and to slow down and keenly observe the world around us. In this time-lapse video, Bethann demonstrates her process as she paints amaryllis and roses. You can view more of Bethann’s work at bethannmoran.com.

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Kim Blaeser Garden Poetry Narration

Enjoy a video tour of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve while listening to an original poem written and narrated by former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Kimberly Blaeser. This original poem was created to accompany the video garden tour. Blaeser is the author of five poetry collections including Copper Yearning, Apprenticed to Justice, and the bi-lingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance. An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, she also edited Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MFA faculty member for the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She is the founder of the literary organization In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets.

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Floral Design Exhibit

Explore a virtual exhibit of creative floral designs created by members of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation.