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Annual Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association Photo Contest Winners



The Jackson County Master Gardener™ Association Member Services Working Group (MSWG) would like to announce the winners of its annual photo contest for 2023.

Last month we announced the winner of our photo contest.  Janine Salvatti’s photo will be on the cover of our JCMGA 2023 Chapter Directory!

We also have four very beautiful photos of our runners up.  Each photographer has written 1-2 paragraphs about their photo.


The overall winner was Janine Salvatti (2019) with her photo “Monarch Butterfly and Asters”.

“This photo was taken as my hubby and I were headed out for a long weekend before Covid hit.  The day was glorious, and we stopped along the way as the whim struck us. We saw a sign for a butterfly garden and headed down a little potholed road.  In a wide clearing we found a small butterfly house filled with milkweed and many other plants. Several varieties of butterflies were busy flitting from flower to flower and we saw our first monarch eggs ever on the milkweed.  Such a treat. “  Janine Salvatti






The four runners-up are —

Alexius Lucas (2023) for her “Red Hisbiscus” photo

The Notorious R.B.G.

My beautiful red Hibiscus flower resides at my home in Talent, Oregon.  Just days after the Alameda fire I went to a plant sale and fundraiser held for the Phoenix and Talent School District.  I wanted to both help the fire survivors in the community, and to add some of nature’s beauty to my depressing and totally empty neighborhood.  At the time, I was living in my house with no electricity.  So, I was spending nearly all of my time outside bringing my gardens and flowers back to life, after surviving several days with no available water.

Just a day before the fundraiser and plant sale Ruth Bader Ginsburg had sadly passed away.  I decided to name this outstanding Hibiscus flower “The Notorious R.B.G”, after an amazing role model in the pursuit of gender and workplace equality.



Linda Millus (2023) for her “Stargazer Lily” photo  

I rescued this liliaceae (Stargazer Lily) from my mother’s perennial garden after she passed.

I absolutely love fragrant and showy flowers and is one of the best!

It reminds me of my mother and all the times we spent in her garden together sharing her knowledge as a master gardener with me.

Knowing she had her hands on this very plant, and smelled the wonderful fragrance is truly a treasured memory for me.




Trina Stout (2022) for her “Rainbow Over Garden” photo   

This photo was taken last April in our backyard family farm/garden. It was raining in the morning and then the sun popped out and my dad saw this gorgeous rainbow, so he grabbed his iPhone and ran out into the garden and as it continued to rain, he took this photo of the rainbow and our garden/farm.

I tend this farm/garden with my dad (who’s completing his Master Gardener hours in 2023) and my brother Kevin. We have 48 beds, 22 fruit trees, cane berries, and flower beds that provide food for six families and many friends and neighbors. We love giving tours, so please reach out!



Lora West (2020) for her “Bleeding Heart” photo   

I planted the bareroot in 2019.  I didn’t know it had lived until last summer when it appeared as if out of nowhere.  I’ve learned that’s not uncommon, that perennials play their cards close to the chest until they’re ready to show their hand!

“Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce. In summer, we work hard to make a tidy garden, bordered by pansies with rows or clumps of columbine, petunias, bleeding hearts. Then we find ourselves longing for the forest, where everything has the appearance of disorder; yet we feel peaceful there.” Natalie Goldberg (2011). “Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life”, p.6, Open Road Media

Congratulations everyone!!