<p>by Amanda<\/p>One of our favorite aspects of working with gardeners all across the country is hearing their success stories and getting the opportunity to glimpse into their gardens. Each year we interact with tens of thousands of happy customers and collect their letters, testimonials, and garden stories from their experiences with American Meadows. We have chosen a few of our favorite stories and highlighted them below.\r\n\r\n<strong>2011 Photo Contest Winner<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_3573" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Kristi's Winning Photo"]<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/Kristi-steele-BES.jpg"><img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-3573" title="Perennials - Black Eyed Susan" src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/Kristi-steele-BES-150x150.jpg" alt="Perennials - Black Eyed Susan" width="150" height="150" \/><\/a>[\/caption]\r\n\r\nKristi Steele won our Photo Contest this year with her amazing photo of a four-legged friend perched on her <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/perennials\/black-eyed-susan?mode=list">Black-Eyed Susans<\/a>. She had this to say about her garden, \u201cI love going out into my gardens and seeing what wildlife that the flowers bring. All the different Butterflies, hummingbirds, and to my surprise a very photogenic tree frog! I have always found it good therapy for me to go out and work in my gardens and I think every season has its beauty.\u201d\r\n\r\n<strong>A Show-Stopping Amaryllis<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_3571" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Full House Amaryllis "]<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/MM_BlystoneAmaryllis.jpg"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/MM_BlystoneAmaryllis-150x150.jpg" alt="Amaryllis - Full House" title="Amaryllis - Full House" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-3571" \/><\/a>[\/caption]Lisa, in New York, wrote to us regarding the amazing results of her <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/amaryllis-flower-bulbs\/full-house-amaryllis-bulb">Full House Amaryllis Bulb<\/a>. \u201cI just wanted to let you know that I have never been happier with an <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/flower-bulbs\/amaryllis-flower-bulbs?mode=listlimit=30">Amaryllis Bulb <\/a>than with the one I purchased from American Meadows! Over the holidays, my family and I were treated to a spectacular show that included two enormous flower spikes, the second of which grew to the incredible height of 28 inches, and contained 6 flowers! And then imagine my surprise and glee when I discovered, just last week, in between the vivid green leaves, a third flower stalk! It is now 15 inches tall and promises to delight us for a third glorious time! What a thrill...Thank you so very much for this superior product!"\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_3570" align="alignright" width="150" caption="One of Kathryn's Beautiful Pictures of her Cosmos"]<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/260455_2036963694922_1569132749_32166694_5596117_n.jpg"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/260455_2036963694922_1569132749_32166694_5596117_n-150x150.jpg" alt="Wildflower Seeds - Cosmos" title="Wildflower Seeds - Cosmos" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-3570" \/><\/a>[\/caption]<strong>A Field of Cosmos<\/strong>\r\n\r\nKathryn, in California, shared several beautiful pictures of the <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/search?keywords=cosmos">Cosmos<\/a> she purchased from American Meadows on <a href="http:\/\/www.facebook.com\/AmericanMeadows">our Facebook Page<\/a>. She wrote, \u201cI love my Cosmos from American Meadows. Each day I go out and take pictures of these beautiful flowers\u2026 so amazed at how well they did in my garden so far this summer. Thank you American Meadows!\u201d\r\n\r\n<strong>An Unexpected Meadow<\/strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_3572" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="One of Sal's Pictures of his Wildflower Meadow"]<a href="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/summer2011_026.jpg"><img src="\/media\/wpuploads\/sites\/3\/2011\/12\/summer2011_026-150x150.jpg" alt="Wildflower Seeds - Southeast Mixture" title="Wildflower Seeds - Southeast Mixture" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-3572" \/><\/a>[\/caption]Sal, of Florida, sent us pictures of the wildflower meadow he established using our <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/wildflower-seeds\/southeast\/southeast-wildflower-seed-mix">Southeastern Wildflower Mix<\/a>. He wrote, \u201cI planted my meadow last spring. This spring I was not sure things would grow back. What a surprise!! Photo taken mid may 2011, with lots of season to go.\u201d\r\n\r\nThese stories are just a small sample of the wonderful gardens we were fortunate enough to help be a part of this year. Send us your garden stories through <a href="http:\/\/www.americanmeadows.com\/contact-us">email<\/a> or share on our <a href="http:\/\/www.facebook.com\/AmericanMeadows">Facebook<\/a> page \u2013 we can\u2019t get enough!\r\n\r\nHappy Gardening from all of us here at American Meadows!