The Fifth Annual Window Box Contest is Here!

Winning window boxes

Will your window box be a winner?

Get ready, gardeners: It’s time once again to share your container garden creations and compete for fabulous prizes!’s annual competition opens on June 1, 2013.

Entries must be submitted by September 30, 2013, and winners will be announced in October. Prizes include gift certificates, planters, gardening books, herb kits, and other fantastic products that help your garden grow.

Since 2009, has awarded prizes for outstanding window box, planter, and hanging basket creations. Categories include “Window Boxes on a Wall,” “Window Boxes on a Rail,” “Before & After,” and “Unique & Creative.”

Entering is easy!

Step 1: Get a window box, planter, or hanging basket. Build it or buy it — makes no difference to us! If you already own a window box or two, you’re all set. If you don’t, check out our sponsors’ selections: Hooks & Lattice,, and Of course, no purchase is necessary to win.

Step 2: Plant flowers, vines, succulents, or whatever else you’d like. Fill your window box with one kind of plant, or mix different varieties together for an exciting combination. You might choose complimentary colors or go for a bold contrast. Tall plants and trailing plants make a dramatic pair.

Step 3: Nurture your container garden. Your plants will start small, and then grow lush and full. Winning photos usually feature abundant, full-grown plants.

Step 4: Take some photos! Close-up photos attract more votes than photos taken from far away. Hold the camera very still while shooting, to avoid a blurry picture. Try taking photos from different angles. Once the photos are on your computer, make sure they’re in JPG, GIF, or PNG format. It’s best if they’re at least 800 pixels by 800 pixels.

Step 5: Come to and visit the handy upload page. Enter your name and e-mail address, tell us about yourself, describe your window box or planter, and select one or two great photos to upload. You can also e-mail your entry to

Step 6: Spread the word! Get friends and family to vote for your entry, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest for extra points. (In the spirit of good sportsmanship, you could also vote for other entries you really like!)

Some prizes will be awarded according to popular vote, and other winners will be selected by our panel of expert judges. You can view the winning submissions from 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 to get a sense of what works. Good luck, and happy gardening!

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