And the gold has been awarded! and the silver and the bronze.

Idaho Gardener has had a bang up time judging the Gardening Olympics. Here’s a list of the entrants and the winners:

Gold Medalists for Excellence: Three Winners, ($25 gift certificates to the online store of your choice.)

Prairie Rose Garden for the beautiful one hundred year old shade tree. Enough said.

Carol of May Dreams Gardens for the inspirational one of a kind performance of “Hoeing,” complete with sound effects. Brilliant.

Krissi of Swimmom, because a 13 foot sunflower, well, is 13 feet. I am impressed.

The Silver Medals are awarded to:($15 gift certificates to the online store of your choice).

Red Dirt Ramblings,for her red red rose – so red I could hardly stand it. RED!

Ellis Hollow takes a Bronze for his gi-normous Inula, tall, strong and 4 foot leaves.

For the largest reported collection of colchicums, the award is given to Cold Climate Gardening

Bronze medals are cheerfully awarded to:($10 gift certificate to the online store of your choice, remember, small but thoughtful?).

Mr. McGregor’s Daughter for her boo-berries on the totally weird plant. Are you sure those aren’t blue Christmas balls?

For the flawless Brandywine tomato (and maybe the only flawless one I have seen), the award is given to My Skinny Garden.

And Life on the Balcony won the judge’s heart with her entry of Best Looking Casualties.

A special award, forevermore, and henceforth the symbol of the annual Gardening Olympics will be the Five Garden Rings, created by the hoe-p-full May Dreams Gardens. I know the athletic Olympics are but once every few years, but since I created these, I say we do it every August, because we can!!!

I will contact each of you so you can select your gift certificate.

Thank you all for participating.

Now, for 2009, on your mark, get set………..

13 thoughts on “And the gold has been awarded! and the silver and the bronze.”

  1. Very cute idea! You are also very generous. 🙂

    I visited several of these Olympic stars and enjoyed their entries. I’m afraid I wasn’t “in shape” for this year’s Olympics… but perhaps next year? 😉

  2. It’s been so much fun following the events as part of the crowd in the stands, Mary Ann. Great entries and nice awards!

    But I didn’t hear the same old country song as you did while I watched the games. Seeing Mamma Mia twice meant my brain-radio was playing Meryl Streep singing “The Winner Takes it AAALLLL…the loser has to FAAALLLLL” .

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  3. Oh what a shame I’ve missed the finals! I just saw the competition mentioned on Prairie Rose’s site and I wanted to enter my retriever, George, in the ‘Cover a lawn with poo’ competition. He was a dead cert for gold too.

  4. I’m excited, and quite honored. I’ve never won a competition by hoeing! Oh, and I can do better with these five garden rings. I’ve got a year to learn better editing tools!

    Woo-hoo! I’m off to the medal ceremonies!

    Thanks, Mary Ann, for hosting this fun event!

  5. Oh my goodness, I am speechless! I haven’t won a medal in anything since…let’s see…high school Speech Contest and Latin contest. I’m just going to enjoy my moment on the podium for a few minutes…

    Thanks for sponsoring this; it was so much fun. I agree these Olympics should be an annual event. I have a feeling next year you’ll be swamped with entries!

  6. Thank you for the honor. We have had so much fun in our garden this year and this has been the cherry on top. We are full of plans for next year and this has been just the motivation we need to make next years garden even better. I look forward to seeing what other events and information you have for us. Thank you once again.

  7. Mary Ann, this was so much fun and I nearly fell over when I saw that my rock star tomato actually won! I had no idea there would be actual prizes!

    I hope we do this every year. Thanks again!

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