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Proven Winners The First Annual Grand Garden Show
by Jeanine Standard
June 16, 2013

Proven Winners® has joined with Grand Hotel to host ‘The First Annual Grand Garden Show’ this summer on Mackinac Island, MI. This 3 day hands-on experience is set for Sunday, August 25th through Tuesday, August 27th and is designed to delight and inspire gardeners of all kinds.

Guests will step back in time as they step onto Mackinac Island. They can look forward to a two-night stay at Grand Hotel, an exclusive cocktail reception on the Grand Porch complete with live jazz, dinners created in Grand Style and time to create art in the garden. Each day, small groups will break into individual gardening sessions after breakfast and will then enjoy walking tours of 12 exclusive private gardens.

P. Allen Smith, well-known television host and gardening expert, will join the guests at Monday evening’s reception, and will present “A Journey of Colors, Trends and Textures” Tuesday morning. Other topics include “Tips ‘n Tricks for Maximizing Garden Performance”, “Hydrangeas Demystified” and “How to Combine Perennials for Late Season WOW!”.

Jack Barnwell, owner of Barnwell Landscape and Garden Services, will also discuss a variety of topics, and will share the story of what goes into designing hundreds of beautiful landscaping beds each year on an island where cars and trucks cannot drive to.

Every year since 1887, Grand Hotel has welcomed countless guests and families to Mackinac Island, where bikes and horse drawn carriages are the favored modes of transportation. No two guest rooms are alike at Grand Hotel and many visitors enjoy the spectacular views of the Straits of Mackinac from a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch.

Proven Winners is North America’s number one plant brand and offers hundreds of award-winning annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs. For more information about this event please visit

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