Jessica Damiano Jessica Damiano, Newsday columnist

Jessica Damiano is a master gardener and journalist with more than 25 years experience in radio, television, print and online media. She has worked on Newsday's interactive endeavors since 1994, and currently is Deputy Editor overseeing Newsday.com's Lifestyle and Entertainment coverage. Jessica enjoys toiling in her garden -- a never-finished work in progress -- and helping local gardeners solve their horticultural problems in her Garden Detective column, which appears every Sunday in Newsday. The Garden Detective blog was awarded a Press Club of Long Island Society of Professional Journalists Online Features Reporting Award. Jessica lives in Glen Head, NY, with her husband John, daughters Justine and Julia, dogs Maddie and Miguel, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds. Ask a question Show More

For this year's annual garden poetry contest, you're free to write about the gardening topic of your choice. Write an ode to your lawn, your pruners or your blight-stricken tomatoes -- it's up to you, just keep entries to a maximum of seven lines.

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The best submissions will be published in Newsday and on Newsday.com, and Garden Detective Jessica Damiano's favorite will get a surprise in the mail.

Email your poem, along with your full name, mailing address and phone number to jessica.damiano@newsday.com with "Garden Poetry" in the subject line, or send it by mail to: Jessica Damiano, Newsday, 235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY, 11747. Submissions must be received by 12:01 a.m. May 23.