YardShare.com Announces 2011 Series of Contests Seeking Most Inspiring Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces

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Social networking site for green thumbs and DIY enthusiasts kicks off competition in January with “Jack Frost Winter Yard” and Apple iPad grand prize.

YardShare.com, a free website that allows homeowners and landscape professionals to create “virtual” yards, share tips, and create friendships, today announced a series of most inspiring yard contests. The five-part series kicks off with the Jack Frost Winter Yard and calls for contestants to submit images of their best winter-inspired yards by visiting YardShare.com beginning Jan. 11, 2011.

Members and visitors will vote for their favorite yard through February 28 by visiting YardShare.com. An Apple iPad 32GB valued at $600 will be awarded to one talented individual whose yard receives the most votes. Official rules can be found at YardShare.com/yard_contest.php.

“I created YardShare as a virtual community for green thumbs, professionals and amateurs alike to find do-it-yourself tips, step-by-step photos, and creative ideas for their outdoor spaces,” says Bryan Powell, Founder of YardShare.com. “The 2011 contest series is a fun way to continue inspiring creativity and to encourage people to share their gardening and landscaping creations with a virtual community of likeminded people.”

2011 Scheduled Contests
January 11 – February 28: “Jack Frost Winter Yard” – best looking winter yard
March 1 – May 31: “Celebrating Gardens” – most unique garden in honor of National Gardening Month
May 1 – June 30: “Water, Water, Everywhere” – best water feature
June 1 – July 31: “I Could Live Out Here” – best outdoor living space
July 1 – August 31: “Vegetable Garden” – best veggie garden and homegrown food
YardShare opens a virtual window into the neighbors’ yards, knocking down fences with an archive of more than 10,000 images that have been posted to the site. Powell offers themed advice columns under the “Yard Ideas” tab on YardShare, which is open to both amateur and professional yard and garden enthusiasts.

About YardShare: Bryan Powell, 31, founded YardShare.com in 2008 when he couldn’t find online inspiration for building his own back-yard kitchen and patio. Powell, who lives in Castro Valley, Calif., and works for a financial management company in San Francisco, began working in his free time to merge technology and neighborhood to create a virtual community of advisors and launched YardShare (“Knocking down fences”). Today it is an online community of more than 1,400 members and over 18,000 unique monthly visitors, many of whom post pictures of and step-by-step DIY instructions for their landscaping, design and yard projects; YardShare’s archives contain more than 10,000 images.
For more information, visit http://www.YardShare.com.

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