First Signs of Spring

April showers have brought spring flowers and it is a perfect time to enjoy and capture the beauty of Spring in the Gardens for this year's annual photo contest.  Rhododendrons, azaleas, the many dogwood trees and Shasta lilies all make their appearance during the next few months.  The deadline is September 26, 2014 and all entries will be on display at the Siskiyou Arts Museum, 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir during the month of October.

A complete list of rules and entry forms are available on the Gardens' website.  For additional information please contact: info@dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org.

                                          Sue Lang  "Rhodies Showing Off"

Posted by Judy


DBG 2014 Wish List

With the advent of the 2014 season, I have a new Wish List of special specimen plants I would like to add to the Gardens for our visitors' enjoyment and the enrichment of our plant collection.  The plants range from a tricolor dogwood in the McHenry Bed, to a yellow rhododendron at the entrance to the Spider Azalea Bed, to a dwarf hydrangea at the corner of the Children's Garden.  Many other special plants (native and ornamental) and their proposed locations are included on the DBG 2014 Wish List.  Prices range from $10 to $100.  If you would like to purchase a special plant and donate it to the Gardens, please contact us at 530-235-4740530-235-4740 to obtain a copy of the Wish List.  I will be glad to discuss the possibilities with you!  Posted by Candace, Gardens' Horticulturalist


2014 Annual Photo Contest

The Photo Contest Committee wishes to thank all of the Botanical Gardens 2013 Contest participants for sharing their wonderful photos and the contest judges, Paul Melo, Michael LeGuellac, Karrie Ann Snure and Nancy Ziller.  All 2014 entries will again be on display at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir through the  month of October.

The contest  is open to all ages in categories including Wildlife, Plants, Landscape/Scenery and People in Nature.  All photos must have been taken in the Botanical Gardens. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.  Best of Youth, Adult and Professional Divisions will receive a $50 cash prize.

Please mark your calendars for the 2014 contest deadline, September 26, 2014. The complete list of rules and entry forms are available under PHOTO CONTEST on this website or contact:
info@dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org  for additional  information.

Posted by Judy
                          Red Leaves by Bonnie Mitchell


Gardens Photo Contest Winners Announced

The 2013 Botanical Gardens Contest winners have been announced following the Gallery Show and Reception hosted by the Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens Board of Directors Friday, October 11, at the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir.  Awards were given in each of four categories: Plants, Wildlife, Landscape/Scenery and People in Nature and overall winners in the Adult and Youth Divisions who each received a $50 cash prize.
Photographs were judged on how well each met specific criteria: Relevance to Category, Composition, Photographic Quality, Technical Quality and General Appeal.  The photograph, "Peach Azalea", taken by Carlee Ann Punt garnered the highest number of points from the judges and was honored by being named Best of Show.This year visitors who viewed the 50 contest photographs from October 11 through ArtWalk, October 19, were asked to participate in the People's Choice award voting.  This year 422 votes were cast with Linda Sue Runnels' photograph, "Snow Angel", winning this coveted prize.
The deadline for the 2014 contest is September 26, 2014.  Additional information regarding the 2014 Gardens Photo Contest will be coming soon.  Please check EVENTS on this website for rules and forms for the 2014 contest or contact info@dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org.

First Place: Vicki Yerkes ~ White Roses


Second Place:  David Sjostedt ~ Passion

Third Place: Gretchen Barlow ~ Raindrops & Shadows

First Place: Carlee Ann Punt ~ Peach Azalea

Second Place: Carlee Ann Punt ~ White Bleeding Hearts

Third Place: Carlee Ann Punt ~ Growing

First Place: Vicki Yerkes ~ Gazebo & River 
Second Place: Linda Sue Runnels ~ Rocks and the River
  Third Place: Gretchen Barlow ~ Mountain Oaks

First Place: Carlee Ann Punt ~ Reach for the Sky
Second Place: Carly Turner-Bartoe ~ Look Up at the Gorgeous Dogwood Branch

First Place: Linda Sue Runnels ~ Beauty in Black & White
Second Place: Cora Sue Swords ~ At Rest
Third Place: Lauri Sturdivant ~ Getting A Close Up
First Place: Gretchen Barlow ~ Stopping for a Drink
Second Place: Vicki Yerkes ~ Squirrel on a Rock

First Place: Carlee Ann Punt ~ Little Shell
ADULT DIVISION WINNER:   Linda Sue Runnels ~ Beauty in Black & White
YOUTH DIVISION WINNER:   Carlee Ann Punt ~ Peach Azalea
BEST OF SHOW:    Carlee Ann Punt ~ Peach Azalea
PEOPLE'S CHOICE:       Linda Sue Runnels ~ Snow Angel

2014 Judges: Paul Melo, Michael Le Guellac, Karrie Ann Snure, Nancy Ziller
Posted by Judy



Gardens Photo Contest Gallery Show & Reception

                                                                      Photo by Gretchen Barlow

The Botanical Gardens Photo Contest Committee cordially invites you to the Photo Contest Gallery Show & Reception Friday evening, October 11, 2013 from 5PM - 7PM at the new Siskiyou Arts Museum(SAM), 5824 Dunsmuir Avenue, Dunsmuir.  The 2013 entries from the fourth annual Botanical Gardens Photo Contest will be on display as well as a special Mary Ann Kikerpill Retrospective as part of SAM's October exhibition. 

The judges for this year's contest are Michael LeGuellac, M&M Pro Photography, Paul Melo, area educator Photography/Graphics, Karrie Ann Snure, Living Shasta Photography and Nancy Ziller, Nancy Ziller Photography.

This year the judges, along with the Contest entrants, will offer their work for purchase by the public.  Voting for the coveted People's Choice Award will continue through the fall ARTWALK Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 1PM - 6PM. Light refreshments will be served. The photographs will be on display through the end of October.

Deadline for this year's contest is September 27, 2013.  For additional information contact: info@dunsmuirbotanicalgardens.org or call (530)235-2219.

Posted by Judy