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To say 2016 brought fierce competition would be an understatement. With the addition of 2 new exciting categories, 'BEST Veggie Garden' & 'BEST Container Garden', our annual competition was flooded with recipients who meant serious business and were in-it-to-win-it. Once again our judges were blown away by the entries and sure had their work cut out for them in deciding the top 3 of each category. According to them, every single entry was worthy of a top 3 finish. Congrats to all who had the courage to participate. We are proud to present this year's top 3 in each category:
Leslie takes the overall top prize this season for her absolutely breathtaking flower garden. Despite all of the hard work that she, her daughter Lauren, and husband Jeff put into their gardens, they still find the time to sit back and enjoy all of their accomplishments together. "We spend the summer living outdoors in our gardens. We've created many different areas and types of gardens with places to sit, play and enjoy nature and the views. It's an ongoing, lifelong interest for us, and we have Bluemel's to thank for so many of the flowers, shrubs, mulch, and pieces of garden decor that fill our yard with beauty. " Congrats Leslie on a job well done!
This dude sure knows his stuff. And anyone who knows Mike knows that this guy simply lives for vegetable gardening. Mike grows a wide range of vegetables, many started from seed during the winter months. Dood grows them good, and if you ask him, they taste unbelievably good as well. Not only does Mike love to experiment in his veggie garden, he loves to experiment in the kitchen as well, canning and making delicious concoctions with his organically grown vegetables. Essentially self taught, Dood will be the first to tell you that it's a never-ending adventure as he's constantly learning new things. Hats off to a true sustainability champion.
Contrary to her last name, Paula certainly didn't in the newly added 'BEST Container Garden' category. In fact, she knocked it out of the park as the photos will indicate. Though she may not admit it, she sure has an eye for design , using different plant heights, colors, & textures strategically to create many different effects. And she's not afraid to incorporate creativity and whimsy into some of her containers for added charm. Paula's pots exemplify the fact that you don't have to have a whole lotta space to make a whole lotta impact. Nicely done Paula, nicely done.