Bringing Artists and Historic Gardens Together

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens group celebrates its annual statewide Historic Gardens Day on June 24th, 2018. Artists are invited to submit artwork to be considered for a poster that will advertise the 15th annual event. Entry for the 2018 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster is open Sunday, October 1, 2017 and will close on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and announced on Friday, December 15, 2017. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs from February 22 – 25, 2018.

Objective: The annual Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day in June attracts thousands of garden lovers from throughout the state and beyond. These gardens celebrate the centuries-old tradition of beautiful flower gardens, working potagers, and herb gardens. These beautiful gardens are set on the grounds of lovely historic homes and structures. The aim of this contest is to connect Connecticut artists with the beauty of Connecticut’s historic homes and their gardens.

Goal: To create a poster-size painting, in oil, acrylic, or water color representing any one of the fifteen Historic Gardens in Connecticut. The rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore these historic properties and their charming gardens for inspiration.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all Connecticut artists who work in oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Artists can submit up to three works of art. Please, no work should be previously published on the internet or other social media.

Rights: The winner will be awarded a prize of $250. The artist retains the right of ownership of the work of art, but allows Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group the right to reproduce and distribute the image on a limited edition poster and other advertising materials to third parties. The artist also agrees to sign copies of the poster that will be raffled at each site and at the Connecticut Flower Show in February 2018.

Contest Rules and Application:  Access the Online Application Here or download the PDF.

For more information in the meantime, contact Lea Anne Moran at


Lief Nilsson







Chester, CT artist Leif Nilsson painting the 2017 winning image.