Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 | 5 comments

We are rather excited to announce our first ever contest!!!

#DesignThis is a weekly Garden Sketch App Contest that will be hosted here, and on facebook and twitter, weekly until October 31st, 2014!

The contest is quite simple.  Each week, we shall post a different garden design challenge here, and on facebook and twitter, and we challenge you to create a garden design of your dreams while including that week’s challenge in the garden design, using the Garden Sketch iPad App. Challenges might be things like including a water feature, rockery, or themed area in your garden. For the purposes of this contest, the Garden Sketch App is free in the iTunes store until October 31st, 2014.

 

What would you do with this space using Garden Sketch?  The above garden was designed by Lori Yearwood.

What would you do with this space using Garden Sketch? The above garden was designed by Lori Yearwood.

 

We will be accepting new entries each week, until midnight PST on the Sunday of the week, at which point our esteemed judges will select a winner (or we will go to one of our various gardening communities to help us pick out a winner). Weekly winners will be announced on Tuesday evening.

To enter:

  • Download the Garden Sketch App to your iPad for free;
  • Use Garden Sketch to create a design for a dream garden including  the week’s challenge element;
  • When you are done designing, select ‘Share’ and email yourself a .png of your dream garden;
  • Then share your Garden Sketch dream garden .png with us by posting it on our facebook page with the #DesignThis hashtag on your entry description, on twitter by including @GardenSketchApp and #DesignThis in your tweet, or by sharing a link to the image in the contest post comments; and
  • Check back on Tuesday evening to see if you won!

To make entering easier, we’ve written a sample tweet below, that you could use to enter:

#BeddingDown with the @GardenSketchApp ~ URL to image. I showed you mine, now show me yours! http://ht.ly/BNofB #DesignThis

For various tips and tricks to creating a Garden Sketch, check out our Garden Sketch Tutorial, by clicking on this link.

So what will the weekly prize for the winners be?  $50 (Canadian) gift certificate to a local-to-you garden centre (or in lieu of that, to an online seed catalogue or garden centre).

For this week’s #DesignThis Contest, we are starting simple with the request that you create a Garden Sketch dream garden that includes a patio space. As an example, see the patio Lori added beside the tree to her Garden Sketch below.

 

The freehand draw option could be used to draw out a swing set, hang a hammock between a couple trees, or anything else you might be envisioning for your paradise.  If you'd prefer not to draw, you can simply leave a space for these items and add a note to explain what you plan to put there. (We will explain how to make notes in a minute!)

Lori added to her patio space beside the tree by using the freehand draw option of drawing in a chair and table to retreat to from the hot afternoon sun. If you’d prefer not to draw, you can simply leave a space for these items and add a note to explain what you plan to put there.

 

Happy Garden Sketching!  And remember to submit your entries by midnight on Sunday September 28th, 2014!