“Show Us Your Black Gold® Garden!” Photo Contest Winners

After receiving many submissions for the “Show Us Your Black Gold® Garden!” Photo Contest, we selected the first, second and third place winners. The photos were judged by a team of five Black Gold® staff members. Photo content, quality, and written submissions were all considered in the selection process. We were so excited to see and hear stories about everyday gardeners having success with Black Gold® potting mixes and amendments! Here are our winners:


First-Prize Winner, Carolyn Frazier

Carolyn, a retired Horticulture Agent from the University of Florida, uses Black Gold® Garden Compost Blend and Black Gold® All Purpose Potting Mix to keep her dahlias and hanging baskets looking great! Here is what she said about her gardening experiences with our products: “I wouldn’t think of using any other potting soil for my heritage dahlia garden or for my hanging baskets. I recommend this to all my gardening friends because it really is the BEST product on the market.”

Carolyn Frazier
A heritage dahlia grown in Carolyn Frazier’s garden.


Second-Prize Winner, Tee Anderson

Tee uses Black Gold® All Purpose Potting Mix to make her bulbs and other garden flowers look outstanding. She shared with us: “Using Black Gold All Purpose Potting Mix, I grew the prettiest spring flowers.  Black Gold makes my flowers grow bigger.”

Tee Anderson
Tee’s beautiful spring bulbs.


Third-Prize Winner, Laurie Steiner

Garden Art by Laurie Steiner
Laurie Steiner’s potted annual tower.

Laurie uses Black Gold® Natural & Organic Potting Mix to make her many container garden plantings shine. She told us: “Our garden is laced with our homemade “art” where we showcase some pretty flowers.  Black Gold All Purpose Potting Mix assures they start and stay gorgeous!”


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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