06/11/2015 03:47 EDT | Updated 06/11/2016 05:59 EDT

Brian Minter and B.C. Almanac launch Garden Joy photo contest: what does a garden mean to you?

How does your garden grow? Whether wild and unruly or perfectly manicured, CBC Radio One's B.C. Almanac wants your photos showcasing what a garden means to you.

Leading up to National Garden Day on Friday, June 19, B.C. Almanac is holding a photo contest that celebrates gardens big and small, quirky and quaint, from across the province.

"Gardens benefit the environment and the community," said expert gardener Brian Minter, who is also the B.C. spokesperson for Garden Days.

National Garden Day is a three-day celebration of the positive impact gardens can have on people's lives.

"It's about connecting people to living things," said Minter, "and inspiring environmental stewardship. This is where Canada blooms." 

Gardening and gardens can have special meaning to many people. For some, growing their own garden is about health and wellness, for others it's about the mental happiness gardens can provide.

There's also the satisfaction that comes with being able to grow your own food, and the artistic merit of shaping the growth of a plant out of the ground.

From now until June 19, you're encouraged to send in photos of your garden with a short description of what a garden means to you.

Brian Minter will be contest judge and is offering one lucky garden enthusiast a grand prize of one $1000 gift card to his garden centre, Minter Country Garden.

The winner will be announced on June 19 on B.C. Almanac. Tune in on CBC Radio One at 88.1FM/690 AM.

Contest photos will be featured on B.C. Almanac's Listener's Lens. To enter, send photos of your garden to