Mother’s Day Porch Makeover Giveaway

May 9, 2014 | By | Comments (124)
hydrangea Mothers Day Porch Makeover Giveaway

Photo Courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection

Rounding out our week of Mother’s Day giveaways, we’re giving one lucky mom a special package to spruce up her porch just in time for Memorial Day weekend. If your mom is constantly fretting about the look of her tired outdoor furniture and wilty plants, then plead her case in the comments below for a chance to win.

Here’s what our Homes Editors have put together to impress your mom, her porch, and her neighbors too–a quartet of super Southern Big Daddy Hydrangeas (the jumbo blossomed, blue ones!) from our very own Southern Living Plant Collection and a pair of complementary outdoor pillows (water proof and sun proof!) from Florida-based Elaine Smith.

To enter for a chance to win, tell us in the comments below why your mom loves her porch more than any other Southern Living reader’s mom. Contest begins today and ends at 8 AM tomorrow. See the official contest rules.


  1. Andrew Alford

    My Mom rents an apartment which has a front porch. Sitting on the porch is her oasis. It’s her thinking and planning area. She shares it with our 2 cats and their litter box. There’s not much storage space so the odds and ends are placed there. I know she loves flowers, birds, animals of all kinds. She misses the country life, solitude, and peace and quiet. She can’t afford to decorate a space to call her own.She lives in an unsettling neighborhood but she endures. She cleans her porch when she has the time. She just lost her Mother recently after caring for my grandmother for 7 years. She works a full time job and commutes 40 minutes each way. I’m 40 years old and my Mom has raised her 3 sons after being widowed at the age of 25. If anyone deserves a front porch makeover, she does.

    May 2, 2015 at 10:29 am
  2. Cassandra Collins

    My 72 year old mother, (whom you would never believe is that age because she’s so active in the yard) deserves a front porch makeover because my father took away her view of the woods behind their house by building a huge garage! She has made the best of her little space between the house and garage by filling it with plants that will thrive in the bit of sun that reaches it. My folks live in south Georgia where hydrangeas thrive under the tall pine trees. Their front porch is surrounded by the many flower beds she has lovingly coaxed to life all over their 3 acre plot. Please consider my 30 year teacher mother and 40 plus year minister father for a delicious porch makeover! Mama will so enjoy keeping it beautiful.

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    July 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm
  4. Betty Masters

    I have always wanted a home with a front porch and just recently bought one. But by the time I moved into it (from Florida to Tennessee) I had no funds to make it pretty for my family and myself. We like to spend a lot of time outside together and the porch will be the focal point of all of those family activities where memories will be made but the porch definitely needs help.

    May 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  5. Jessica Hedgecoth

    Mom’s porch is the center of activity during the spring, summer, and fall. After 16 plus years it needs a face lift so that it is as beautiful as it’s country surroundings.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm
  6. Mellissa Truitt

    Mom worked her garden when she was 5′-9″ tall until she shrank to 4′-11″ due to a ver progressive bone cancer. It seemed as though the flowers wilted right along with Mom but every day she picked her roses and whispered, “look what God made!” I left the garden when she left us; however, having this special porch would invoke special memories for her children and a lasting legacy for the 11 grandchildren she blessed with her flowers, garden and song.

    May 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm
  7. Gail Moyer

    I would love to win the porch makeover contest. My husband and I spend many afternoons watching our “bluebird” family from the porch. We retired here 15 years ago and have put most of our upgrades into the house itself. We also are at the edge of wetlands and watch the squirrels and alligators in their natural habitat. Our porch represents a quiet place for me to read and also enjoy telephone calls from family and friends.

    May 16, 2014 at 9:06 am
  8. jeepingeos

    She enjoys watching the water rush by along the river from her porch..she occasionally takes time to glance down at the book she is reading while on her porch.

    May 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm
  9. Laura M

    I would love to bless my mom these beautiful hydrangeas and adorn her porch with new pillows! This has been a tough week, as her mother and my grandmother passed

    May 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm
  10. Brenda Whitman

    My mom was raised on a farm during the depression era. Her family lived off the land and had to work in the fields and on the farm in order to have food to eat. She said that there was never time to relax or just play because there was always work to be done before and after school.

    When she married my father, who was a farmer who had lost his hand during the Korean Conflict, she continued working 14-16 hour days on the farm and raising her children.

    In the past 15 years, I’ve concentrated on making her porch someplace somewhere she can just relax and enjoy watching the world go by. I’ve planted rose bushes, flowers, decorated the area with flower pots and borders because I wanted her to be able to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of flowers that she always loved but was too busy trying to make ends meet.

    She enjoys the beauty of the outdoors, and just being able to relax and watch the hummingbirds and butterflies on her flower garden. It’s a place that represents peace, quiet and tranquility for her after a lifetime of physical work that most of us could not imagine.

    May 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm
  11. Jan Maurer

    Next to the kitchen, this is where the best times are made.

    May 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm


    May 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  13. E nguyen

    🙂 love!!!

    May 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm
  14. Nichole H

    I love my porch because it’s the best vantage point to see all the memories being made by my children & the other neighborhood kids! Lemonade stands, dance shows, walking the dog; it’s priceless.

    May 10, 2014 at 11:22 am
  15. Sherry Smith

    It’s a beautiful thing to be in a swing!… Front porch swings bring back sweet memories of lazy afternoons gone by… The sweet smell of flowers in a planter attached to the porch railing…magnolia scents wafting through the air from the huge magnolia in the front yard and hours of sharing stories…passing from one generation to the next…time well spent with the next generation to experience those “lazy, crazy days of summer” …. can you hear the gentle breeze? …. can you smell the sweet scents?

    May 10, 2014 at 11:12 am
  16. jennifer gooden

    The Porch is one of the most relaxing activities you can have, you have time to think if your alone or talk if your not and look at the beautiful south God has given us. The porch is southern culture at its best.

    May 10, 2014 at 10:30 am
  17. Susan

    The porch is the only place of peace in that Old home!! Some color and care will go a long way for a healthy mind!!

    May 10, 2014 at 10:10 am
  18. Robin W.

    At 73 my mama still loves to work in her yard and makes it look pretty. Every time I drive up, I marvel at the beauty she has created. One flower she does not have is a hydrangea. She has tried to take clippings from mine and root them with no success. This would be a perfect addition to her already beautiful yard. She will work in her yard and then sit on her screened in porch and enjoy the beauty. She likes to read so she also reads out there too. She is truly a beautiful person and I would LOVE to give this to her! She is most deserving!

    May 10, 2014 at 9:28 am
  19. Angela Negron

    And the above is a late post and is disqualified. I have been working at her house and really only had time to look at this this morning. 🙂 Better luck next time…

    May 10, 2014 at 8:32 am
  20. Angela Negron

    I would like to register for this giveaway not for my mother, but for my mother’s neighbor, Stacy. She is young mother of two wonderful little girls, McKenzie who is nine years old and Delaney who is five years old. Over the past year they have endured the loss of their husband and father and now they have lost everything in their house in lower Baldwin County Alabama to the recent flash flood events on Aril 29th 2014. I found this email in my inbox and figured, “what the heck, I’ll give it a try.” They have remained so very strong throughout their ordeal, the least I could do is register for a simple giveaway.
    For the past two days we have been bailing out flood water from her kitchen, ripping out saturated carpet form their bedrooms, peeling wet drywall from the studs, removing water logged doors; collecting ruined stuffed animals, children’s books, and disassembling beds, all to find their new homes inside the confines of a construction refuse container. When we got to the bare studs the gears of opportunity have been turning and spark of new beginnings and ideas have prevailed. Her strength is incredible.
    Stacy has an amazing sunroom, which is empty for the most part, but it is almost impossible to wrap our heads around where to start next. It has been a very physical couple of days for all of us. It is taxing on the mind, body, and soul. I figured that anything is better than nothing and they are probably the most deserving individuals I know. If anything, her strength as a mother should at least deserve a fair shake in the opportunity to win this giveaway.

    May 10, 2014 at 8:29 am
  21. Daphne Harbinson

    My Mom loves her porch because sitting on it gives her an overview of the mountain she has lived on for all these many years. The peace she gets there has sustained her through the rough times. It has given her a place to remember the good times and be grateful for it all.

    May 10, 2014 at 8:22 am
  22. Susan Abels

    The porch is the only place she can take her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. They sit out there for hours in their rocking chairs.

    May 10, 2014 at 8:20 am
  23. Beverly Lake

    My mom loves her porch swing, and flowers…….it’d be nice to combine that experience for her !

    May 10, 2014 at 7:57 am
  24. Lisa Bull

    Our quiet time for sharing and making memories. But mostly spending precious time.

    May 10, 2014 at 7:29 am

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