Winning entrants judged for the annual SGHS photo contest

(The 2021 Best in Show entry for the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society photograph contest was awarded to Brian Carson for his Garden Art photo.)

The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticulture Society annually holds their photo contest with a gathering of members waiting patiently to learn who and if their entry has won. As experienced in past years, it was again held on a blustery winter’s day on February 16. It was fortunate for the participants that during these uncertain times it was held for the first time virtually.

For renewing her membership prior to the January 31, 2021 deadline and entry into a draw, Joan Darby of Richmond won a $25 gift card for Ritchie’s Feed & Seed. The Gillick Photographic Cup, named in honour of Marge and Jim Gillick – both long-time supporters and members of the Horticultural Society – has been restored and awaits the 2021 winner of the Best in Show.

This year, the judge for the event was well-known Ottawa photographer Lynn Elias; she is a former member of the Society. Lynn is a professional photographer of wildlife and real estate. Lynn judged the photos on lighting and composition and had many entries to consider. She quickly got to the list of winners and started by saying, “it is a treat to see summer photos when knee-deep in snow”.

There were seven classes to be judged with each winner receiving a prize of $5.00. The entrant winning the Best in Show receives $50.00 and will have their name engraved on the Gillick Photographic Cup that is displayed in the showcase at the CardelRec Complex-Goulbourn. And the winners are…

Class 1 – Garden Climbers – a photo showing a flowering vine, climbing rose or climbing hydrangea on a garden structure.

Class 2 – In YOUR Backyard – a photo of your favourite perennial.

Class 3 – Garden Art – a photo of art in the garden.

Class 4 – Water Falls or Fountains – a photo of water falls or fountain in a garden setting.

Class 5 – Spring Blossoms – a closeup photo of tree blossoms – a single blossom or cluster.

Class 6 – Fall Colours – a single leaf or branch.

Class 7 – Pandemic Plant – wearing a facemask (your interpretation).

2021 Best In Show – Brian Carson

Visit the SGHS website to learn more on the Society. If you wish to join the SGHS, annual membership fees are reasonable at $15 for single and $25 for a family. You can join by sending an email to


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