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What inspires you? Write an ode to your

What inspires you? Write an ode to your garden, and your poem might be published in Newsday. Photo Credit: Handout

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.

The best submissions will be published in Newsday and on, 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 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.


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