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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 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.

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