Weir Farm Peonies by Bonnie Beers Johnson, 2017
Weir Farm Peonies, oil on canvas, 2017, 30” x 24”, by Bonnie Beers Johnson. Winner of the 2018 CT’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest.


Poster Art Contest

Connecting Connecticut’s Artists and Historic Gardens

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens is seeking artwork for a poster to advertise the 2019 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day in June 2019. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2018.

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group, a consortium of public sites with historically significant homes and gardens, is celebrating its annual statewide Historic Gardens Day on June 23, 2019. Artists are invited to submit artwork to be considered for a poster that will advertise the 16th annual event. Entry for the 2019 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster is open Monday, October 1, 2018 and will close on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and announced on Friday, December 14, 2018. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs from February 21-24, 2019.

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.

TASK: Create a poster-size painting, in oil, acrylic, or water color representing any one of the fourteen Historic Gardens in Connecticut. The rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore these historic properties and their charming gardens for inspiration. See the website for a listing of the properties or pick up a brochure at any of the sites. Best of luck!

ELIGIBILITY: The Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest is open to all Connecticut artists whose medium is oil, acrylic, or water color. Artists can submit up to three works of art. Please, no paintings 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, on notecards and in other advertising materials to third parties. The artist also agrees to sign copies of the poster that will be raffled at each site and displayed at the Connecticut Flower Show in February 2019.

Contest Rules and Application: For specific artwork and submission requirements and a downloadable application, download the Poster Contest Application 2019.

To complete the application and submit artwork online, please scroll down to see the form below.

For information or questions, contact Jill Hogan, or Amanda Cooper,