Colourful flowers, plump vegetables, cultivated hedges, magnificent greenhouses and beautiful fields. Canada is filled with so much beauty courtesy of Mother Nature.

What better way for shutterbugs with green thumbs to show Canada's floral flourish than a new gardening photo contest! The Budding and Blooming Photo Contest allows Photo Club members to submit images of their gardens, public gardens and nature's garden.

Some of the fabulous prizes include a Black & Decker lawnmower, Lowepro and JOBY photo gear, a Photohop gift voucher and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic.

To help inspire you, Canadian Geographic photo intern Jessica Toczko captured beautiful images of vegetable and floral gardens, public gardens and greenhouses from the Ottawa area. Click on the photos above and to the right for slideshows.

And don't forget to enter your photos in the contest!

Click the photo below to see images from gardens in the Ottawa area. (Photo: Jessica Toczko)