Proven Winners Partners

Proven Winners maintains a robust online presence, but we couldn’t do what we do without the vital work of influencers. The folks below are amplifying the message by sharing their own personal experiences of growing Proven Winners plants, using our plant foods and gardening tools. They help us reach new audiences every day through social media, including some people who are seeing our brand for the very first time.

Jenny Simpson
Creekside Nursery

Jerry and Jenny Simpson own and operate Creekside Nursery in Dallas, NC, west of Charlotte. They began Creekside 14 years ago and have grown it into a unique destination garden center featuring a comprehensive line of Proven Winners annuals, perennials, shrubs, and AquaPots. They take pride in making gardeners of all levels feel welcome, a sentiment that comes across in the how-to videos she produces for Proven Winners. You will find us sharing Jenny’s experiences of gardening in the South in her videos we share on our Facebook and YouTube channels and her photos on Instagram.

Laura LeBoutiller
Garden Answer

Social media influencers Laura and Aaron LeBoutiller of Garden Answer have become unparalleled brand ambassadors for Proven Winners within the last few years. Devoted followers from around the world are learning how to garden through the videos they produce. Every day, we hear from consumers who tell us they’ve discovered our plant varieties through Garden Answer.

Norman Winter
“The Garden Guy”

Norman Winter “The Garden Guy” is a southern gardening specialist who has been evaluating plants in Texas, Mississippi and Coastal Georgia gardens for the last three decades. He recently retired as the Director of the University of Georgia’s Botanical Gardens in Savannah and was previously an extension horticulturist and coordinator for the Mississippi Medallion Award trial program. In his role with Proven Winners, Norman is trialing varieties selected for the Heat is On™ program which features plants that are recommended especially for the South. He is documenting and sharing his experience on Facebook and Instagram through his gorgeous photography.

Tracy VanVolkinburg
Plaids and Poppies

Tracy is a native Michigander based near Grand Rapids, MI in zone 5. One look at her Instagram page and you’ll see what a talented gardener, photographer, and stylist she is. She has an eye for creating beauty all around her home. Tracy started her page as a way to connect with others while sharing her stunning home and gardens which include many Proven Winners plants. More than 55,000 fans follow Tracy and her daily Instagram Stories where she enjoys helping people see the beauty in the everyday. You will find loads of inspiring content to repost from her page.

Katie Stagliano–Katie’s Krops

Since the age of 9, Katie Stagliano has been working to grow an end to hunger. Now a recent college graduate, Katie runs Katie’s Krops, a national nonprofit with 100 gardens run by youth ages 9 to 16 in 30 states. 100% of the harvest from these gardens is donated to people in need in the local community through soup kitchens, food banks, community centers, cancer centers and directly to families.

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Our roots are in the Midwest, and we know many of you call this area home too! Enjoy this list of annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs that love life in zones 4-5.

Here's an incredibly simple tip on how to go from an empty container to one that is full of beautiful color in less than five minutes! How many of us have never thought of doing this!!??

One of the most impressive perennials we offer is Midnight Masquerade Pentstemon! This plant is perfect in the landscape, with rich lavender purple flowers that show off nearly all summer long. Recommended for those in zones 3-8. Learn more,

Your front's where you welcome your guests, and perhaps enjoy some quiet time in the late afternoon. If you are looking for fresh ideas for spring, this article has 15 new ideas on how to use flowers on your front porch this year! Enjoy!

You might have spots in your landscape that never seem to dry out. Instead of fighting with this area each year, perhaps you want to embrace this as an opportunity to plant a Rain Garden! Here's a list of plants that thrive in wet conditions.

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