Crepe Murder 2016 Is Now Underway!

January 31, 2016 | By | Comments (19)
crepe murder

Stop the madness!

Crepe Murder 2016 officially kicks off TODAY, January 31, 2016!  Entries will be accepted from now until Tuesday, February 16. This gives you plenty of time, including a long weekend, to creep silently around your neighborhood, smart phone in hand, and take photos of horribly butchered trees like the ones above. Email your photos to with “Crepe Murder 2016” in the subject line.

Winners will receive a signed copy of The New Southern Living Garden Book (the error in the table of contents has been fixed) and the satisfaction of shaming purveyors of this practice in front of the entire world. So start looking!



Let’s show we know the difference between a plant that needs pruning badly and a plant that needs pruning well.

Boring Legal Stuff I Am Forced To Print



  1. HOW TO ENTER: This contest ends 11:59 P.M. EST on February 16, 2016.  To enter online, go to and submit your “original photo” via email. 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 The Grumpy Gardener, 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 March 1, 2016 and books shipped by April 15, 2016.
  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: Winners will receive copies of The New Southern Living Garden Book. Approximate Retail Value: $34.95.  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 March 31, 2013 available for a period of 30 days.
  10. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is, 4100 Old Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, AL 35209.



  1. betho

    Please check the spelling of Crapemyrtle on this site!!

    March 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm
  2. Brynn

    Was hoping to get some good murder pics this weekend, but with all the cold and ice and such, nobody’s out cutting! Maybe they’ll all end up forgetting and the poor myrtles will get a year off.

    February 4, 2016 at 7:16 am
  3. pickles

    grammyg53- I bet you never stop talking, do you?

    February 3, 2016 at 10:00 am
  4. Lo Merrill

    Geezeelouise, how petty (and not Tom).
    All ya’ll spelling nazis should go to the barn, without your free Grump book.

    February 3, 2016 at 9:40 am
  5. brchad

    Judging from the picture, the “murder” of the spelling pales in comparison to the brutality committed by whoever “pruned” those trees! And this…. from Southern Living? Shame!

    February 3, 2016 at 7:48 am
  6. Lucy

    My guess is that the plant’s popular name, “Crepe Myrtle,” came into being because the blossoms resemble crepe paper. And, since the spelling of the paper product is “crepe,” so should the spelling of the plant be “crepe.”

    February 3, 2016 at 6:52 am
  7. grammyg53

    Oh Kathleen, Thank you so much. I really appreciate you!

    February 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  8. Jess

    A blog is not a good choice for posting pics and stories of crape murder. You have to email the blog owner to post the pics? Are you kidding? Isn’t that a bit labor intensive? Facebook is by far the best medium for such a subject. Feel free to post your pics and have your say without the hassle?

    February 2, 2016 at 2:34 pm
  9. Kathleen

    Amen & God bless!

    February 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm
  10. grammyg53

    Nah… some of us just have found out that life is way too short to get pulled into meaningless crap. Or should it be “crep” ??? LOL My precious husband who couldn’t tell a weed from a good plant passed away a little more than a year ago. I’d give anything to have him back even though he was a horrid speller. And a really bad gardener, too. But he knew how to love me!!! Have a great day y’all. SPRING IS ON THE WAY!!!

    February 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  11. Jess

    In every garden book I’ve ever read by master gardeners, horticulturalists, experts etc. and every long time gardening talk show host in their books and their websites always used crape. People who choose to misspell it as crepe will continue to do so because people who don’t care about their spelling always stick to their guns and are actually proud of it.

    February 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  12. Cindy

    My two cents…always seen it spelled “crape”, including by the grower. And I know right where to go for some photos of murder.

    February 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm
  13. Tim Mathews

    How about calling it what it is – Lagerstroemia

    February 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm
  14. Gloria Lomen Larson

    I’ve always seen it crepe but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the end of the world if you spell it crape. At any rate, I never prune my crepe myrtles and I never will. They look so much better nice and tall and full and bloom beautifully. People shouldn’t massacre those poor trees. I know several people who don’t prune theirs either and that’s the way it should be. Who came up with that bright idea anyway?

    February 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  15. grammyg53

    Y’all are actually arguing with the Supreme Gardener over the spelling of A WORD? FYI… I’ve never seen it any other way than “crepe” and I’m 62 years of age. Wikipedia has it “crepe” and “crape”…. can’t we just all get along and start the spying on our family, friends and neighbors? haha…

    February 1, 2016 at 6:48 am
  16. Kathleen

    I see it spelled both ways and any number of discussions online debating which is correct.
    In the summer when the trees constantly drop old blossoms and cover the patio with debris the correct spelling is “crap myrtles.”

    January 31, 2016 at 7:59 pm
  17. P. Wilson

    Webster’s Dictionary says CRAPE, with no option for the other spelling.

    January 31, 2016 at 3:31 pm
  18. Susan shows it spelled both ways

    January 31, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  19. Serial K.

    The proper way to spell the plant is CRAPE MYRTLE, not “crepe”. Crepe refers to a trendy food.

    January 31, 2016 at 10:35 am

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