Black Gold’s 2019 Garden Photo Contest Winners

We were excited to have received hundreds of photos for our garden photo contest held in October, 2019. Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many beautiful, high-quality photos to choose from that it was difficult for our panel of five judges to whittle it down to just three winning shots.

Our winning photos were of good quality and maintained a balance between garden beauty and bounty. Here are our top three picks.

First Place Winner

Dahlias by Christine of Klamath Falls, Oregon

After winning, Chris shared a very special story behind the dahlias shown in this photo. “My son’s grandfather planted dahlias for over 50 years. When he passed, we moved his dahlias from Washington to Oregon in over 10 car trips. He was a wonderful human being. I grow and share Grandpa Tony’s dahlias every year in his honor.” Congratulations Chris! Your lush, diverse dahlias were clearly grown with pride and care.

Second Place Winner

Harvest by Rachel of Raleigh, North Carolina

Rachel submitted a photo that showed a late-season harvest from her raised beds in the afternoon sunlight. She told us that gardening is her love and passion. Her photo proves it! Thank you for sharing your photo with us, and congratulations!

Third Place Winner

Colorful Border by Mary of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

What an impressive subtropical border! This well-composed photo shows off Mary’s great gardening and design skills. Its colors just pop.

Congratulations to all of our winners!



Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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