Winners Announced! Happy Readers Overjoyed!

October 9, 2012 | By | Comments (9)
Lion's tail at Petals from the Past

Lion’s tail at Petals from the Past, Jemison, Alabama. Photo by Steve Bender.

Grumpy truly has the smartest readers of all! Last week, I challenged you to identify this mystery plant and many of you got it right away — lion’s tail or lion’s ear (Leonotis leonurus), blooming right now. What prize did you all win?

Be Still Your Beating Hearts!

SL container

Fall planter from Southern Living Designer Series. Photo by Ralph Anderson.

Each of you smart, smart winners will receive this 12-inch container garden designed for cooler months by our Garden Lifestyle Expert, Carmen Johnston. It’s one of our new and expanding Southern Living Designer Series. They’re available in select Home Depot stores in Dallas and Atlanta, but since not everyone lives there, we wanted more people to be able to try them out and tell us just how fantastic they are.

See what good things happen when you drop everything you’re doing each day to read “The Grumpy Gardener?” Tell your friends. Tell the whole world!

Meet Our Lucky Winners
If you recall, Grumpy promised prizes to the first 10 people who correctly identified lion’s tail. A few of you identified it as a closely related species, Leonotis menthifolia, but the generous and compassionate Grump decided not to hold that against you. So the many more than 10 winners are:

Sherry Hosty
Debra Huckabee
Michele Collette
Sarita Johnson
Charu Nagarajan
Vaidy Subbaraman
Mary Wright
Karen Williams
Sue Steinhardt
Carol Wells
Leslie Leinert
Kathy Whitehead
Holly Bates
Renee Wilkins
Heather Russell
Theresa Cardillo
Dixon Dossett
Betty Simmons
Laura Dillon
Sandra Vickers
Pam Wood

Your container gardens will be shipped to you ASAP. Enjoy!


Really Boring Contest Rules Grumpy Must Legally Print



1. HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins 8:00 A.M. EST on October 4, 2012 and ends 11:59 P.M. EST on October 8, 2012.  To enter online, go to The Grumpy Gardener ( and follow instructions to submit your “original story” via email to Limit one entry per person or email account. Entries become sole property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged. By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium or (3) has not won an award.

2. JUDGING:  All entries will be judged by editors, based on the following criteria: Originality (25%); Creativity (50%); and Appropriateness to contest theme (25%).  In the event of a tie, an additional “tie-breaker” judge will determine the Winner from among all such tied entries using the judging criteria above.  Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding.  Winner will be notified by “email” on or about October 31, 2012 and container gardens shipped by December 31, 2012.

3. ELIGIBILITY:  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 19 years or older at time of entry (“Entrant(s)”). Void where prohibited by law.  Employees of Sponsor and its promotional partners and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.

4. PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE: 5 winners will receive 1 12 inch container garden featuring red snapdragons, terra-cotta calibrachoa, white ‘Cool Wave’ pansies, trailing rosemary, or chartreuse ‘Angelina’ sedum (plant mixes may vary slightly). Approximate Retail Value: $24.99.  All other expenses not specified herein are the responsibility of the Winner. ALL TAXES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The prize is awarded without warranty, express or implied, of any kind.

5. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: No transfer, assignment, or substitution of a prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize (or prize component) for an item of equal or greater value at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Nothing in these official contest rules shall obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any entry submitted in connection with this Contest.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest.  By entering, Entrant represents that any essay, and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s Contest entry are original and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such essay and other materials.  In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law).  Potential Winner, as a condition of receiving any prize, also may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release and confirmation of a license as set forth above within 7 days following the date of first attempted notification, certifying, among other things, the following: (a) entry does not defame or invade the privacy of any party; (b) entry does not infringe upon the rights of any third party; and (c) the essay and other materials submitted are original and have never been published and entry has never won an award.  Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner.  Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.  Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use Winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical information, essay, other materials submitted for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.  By entering and/or accepting prize, Entrants and Winners agree to hold Sponsor and its promotional partners, its directors, officers, employees and assigns harmless for liability, damages or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Contest, the acceptance and/or subsequent use or misuse, or condition of any of the prizes awarded, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion or privacy.  False or deceptive entries or acts will render the Entrant ineligible.  Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any entrant or prize winner, if either commits or has committed any act, or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the Sponsor deems likely to subject the Sponsor, entrant or winner to ridicule, scandal or contempt or which reflects unfavorably upon the Sponsor in any way.  If such information is discovered by Sponsor after a winner has received notice of his prize and before the prize is awarded, Sponsor may rescind the prize in its entirety.  If a portion of his/her prize has already been awarded, Sponsor may withdraw the remainder of the prize that has been fulfilled.  Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph.  Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the contest, or in the announcement of the prize.

6. INTERNET:  Sponsor is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof.  If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.  Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date.  CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent of the law.  If there is a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the email address.  The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the email address is assigned.

7. GOVERNING LAW:  This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of New York without regard to principles of conflict of laws.  All cases and claims pertaining to this Contest must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of New York, without recourse to class action suits.

8. SEVERABILITY:  If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.

9. WINNER’S LIST:  For name of Winners, check back to The Grumpy Gardener after October 31, 2012, available for a period of 30 days.

10. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is, P.O. Box 1748, Birmingham, AL


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  2. Sarita Johnson

    Got it yesterday! Thank you, it’s lovely!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 9:46 am
  3. Sarita Johnson

    Hello, I never received my planter. Can someone please contact me? Thanks.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm
  4. Pamela Wood

    Thank You!!!

    October 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm
  5. Dee A. Nash

    Congrats to all the winners. What fun. BTW, I love that plant. I wish it would start blooming a bit earlier here, but it’s still great for fall.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:50 am
  6. Laura Antompietri Dillon

    Yay!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm
  7. Carol Wells

    My beating heart says, “Thank you, O Great and Wise (and Compassionate) Grumpy Gardener!” This was great fun, and I’m fixin’ to tell the whole world!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:37 am
  8. Phil Cochran

    Hey Steve did you noticed that all the winners were women? Now that just ain’t right!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:30 am
  9. Sarita Johnson

    I was a winner! I’m so super excited. I absolutely love Southern Living. I am from Michigan but moved to Alabama 10 years ago and I love it here. I read the magazine every single month and can’t wait until it comes out. I can’t wait to see this lovely planter at my home! Thanks ya’ll!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:14 am

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