Jessica Damiano Jessica Damiano, Newsday columnist

Jessica Damiano is a master gardener and journalist with more than 25 years experience in radio, television, print

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.