Calloway's Nursery and Simply Beautiful teamed up for a mixed container competition that benefited a local charity that provides therapeutic foster care, alternative education and family preservation programs.Ball Horticultural Company recently partnered with Calloway’s Nursery, Inc.  for a Simply Beautiful Container Contest to benefit the Lena Pope Home , a Fort Worth–area charity. The event attracted gardeners of all skill levels who had fun creating mixed containers for a great cause.
Each contestant had 45 minutes to plant a 14-inch container, which was then judged on style, color and creativity. The contestants were encouraged to use their imagination: They had more than 15 different varieties to choose from, in many colors and textures, as well as some decorative elements like gourds and mini pumpkins.
“This contest certainly demonstrated that there’s plenty of exciting plants available in early Fall to refresh and replant containers that have fizzled out over the summer,” said Bill Calkins, Simply Beautiful brand manager.
This is the third Simply Beautiful contest that’s benefited local charities in 2009. The contest not only provided a significant donation to the Lena Pope Home, but also helped build momentum and demand from gardeners. For more information about Simply Beautiful, visit ballhort.com  and simplybeautifulgardens.com  or call (800) 879-BALL.