Thank you so much to every one who participated in our second Garden Giveaway contest. We had such an amazing turn out - over 70 submissions. Last week, our panel of judges had a nearly impossible task - narrowing down so many beautiful gardens to just a handful of winners. But after much discussion and debate, we are so pleased to present our three winners and honorable mentions. So take a look at some of the finest gardens in the Denver area. We guarantee you'll be inspired!
Gardening on a slope is always an extra challenge, so we were extra impressed with Cheryl’s hillside creation. This beautiful array of perennials has been a labor of love for 15 years, Cheryl says. “Discovering O'Toole's early on, (and) benefiting from friendly, knowledgeable staff and fantastic plant selection,” helped her create this gorgeous garden.
Nancy Schultz Best Veggie Garden Award 🎀
Sometimes in a vegetable garden, you end up sacrificing form for function - a bed of tomato plants is just not quite as pretty as a bed of marigolds - so a veggie garden that’s functional and attractive is a win-win! We loved Nancy’s use of hardscapes and raised beds to create a useful garden that also looks fantastic. “Last year we worked all summer to build this garden,” says Nancy. “(We) made sub-irrigation planters for the veggies, planted new fruit trees and dug out a new flower garden.” A job well done!
Carol Ann Connell
“My garden is a labor of love!” exclaims Carol Ann. And boy does it show! She describes it as “a highly diverse 1/2-acre paradise with ponds and water plants, sun and shade perennials and annuals, shrubs, trees, manicured lawns and a haven for bees, butterflies, and humming birds.” And what a great picture! It just makes you want to wander up that path and see what’s around the corner.
Candy Shelton Best Pet Award 🎀
It's no secret that we’re pet people here at O’Toole’s, so it was love at first sight when we saw Candy’s 70 lbs. pet tortoise Sheldon! “My bee friendly garden is also a wildlife habitat,” says Candy. “All veggies were purchased at O’Toole’s and planted in mind for the turtles.” Sheldon shares his garden oasis with assorted toads, snakes, birds and a box turtle named Boxie.