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Announcing Our 2015 Catholic Garden Contest Winners

Sep 09, 2015 By Gretchen Filz | 3 Comments

Thank you to everyone who submitted your entries to our 2015 Catholic Garden Photo Contest.  We received so many amazing entries that it was very difficult to choose just four winners. You'll see what we mean if you scroll through all 2015 entries via our Facebook page here. We had three rounds of voting among several staff members in our marketing, merchandising, I.T., and Customer Care departments, and these four photos below came out on top.

1ST PLACE WINNER

Our first place winner came up first in all rounds of voting. Thanks to Beth H. from Michigan who submitted this stunning photo of her outdoor Marian sanctuary. This photo won a $100 gift card to CatholicCompany.com.

First Place Winner for The Catholic Company's 2015 Catholic Garden Contest Mary Grotto inspired after trip to Medjugorje. I keep candles lit year round and especially enjoy a glimpse of her illuminated at night. Michigan.

2ND PLACE WINNER

Who can resist a St. Francis statue seated on an old wagon, surrounded by flowers? The scene completely evokes the sentiments expressed in the plaque under his feet. Thanks to Alyssa A. from St. Charles, Minnesota, for submitting this lovely photo. This entry won a $50 gift card to our online store.

Second Place Winner to The Catholic Company's 2015 Catholic Garden Photo Contest "In the peacefulness of the garden our soul finds rest." Our family has always had a special devotion to St. Francis; we grew up on a farm and learned a reverence for all life and nature. We lived simply and the Catholic values our parents embodied we now are passing on to our children. Saint Charles, MN.

3RD PLACE WINNER

This photo is simply gorgeous and took everyone's breath away. Although it is a small space, it definitely deserves a spot in our top four finalists. Thanks to Jennie M. from Monroe, New York, for sharing your daughter's beautiful art combined with your green thumb. This photo won a $50 gift card.

Third Place Winner to The Catholic Company's 2015Catholic Garden Photo Contest Pictured here is my little outside prayer area located on my deck. I love my icon and all of the pretty flowers that adorn this very special space. It’s such a peaceful setting. When I look upon this Icon I can feel the love of Jesus and Mary. I say my Rosary and all of my novenas out here on the nice days in the spring and summer. This beautiful Icon was a gift from and painted by my daughter Meghan M. (Artist/Photographer). From the artist; it's a rendition of the Vladimirskaya the Mother of God. This Icon is written on a blue stone. My Icon is located in Monroe, NY. I will say a prayer for you. God bless.

4TH PLACE WINNER

We loved the thought that went into this rock garden with each stone symbolizing a rosary bead. Who wouldn't want to spend time here praying their rosary? Thanks to Melinda T. from Pembroke Pines, Florida, for sharing this inspirational rosary garden with us. This photo won a $50 gift card.

Fourth Place Winner to The Catholic Company's 2015Catholic Garden Photo Contest Our new garden we made for Easter. Pembroke Pines, FL

We hope these photos brought you inspiration for creating your own prayerful Catholic Garden on your patio, balcony, garden, or yard. Get it ready and snap a photo to enter it into our new contest next summer.

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Gretchen Filz Gretchen Filz

Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion. After receiving her M.A. in Christian Apologetics, she converted to the Catholic Faith in 2011. She lives and works in the Diocese of Charlotte.

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