Free Tickets to Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2011

Free Tickets to Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2011
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It may not seem like it out there but spring is on the way. The 17th annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show will return to Navy Pier on Saturday, March 5, through Sunday, March 13. This year's theme is "The Sport of Gardening," and will highlight some of the top Midwest landscapers, growers and garden designers. There's more than 100 garden seminars & workshops, a Marketplace, potting parties, table scapes and the presentation of the Horticulture Competitions winners in collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden. Plus, the people. The best part of the show, in my opinion, is meeting with friends and family and taking in the show together. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show and Culloton Strategies are giving me free tickets to the show to give away to you!

We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets with three ways of participating in the random drawings. You can leave a comment here on this post and tell me how you think "The Sport of Gardening" will be interpreted. The Hawks, Bears and Cubs are somehow involved, but they're not giving away more than that. If you're not a gardener, but a Chicago sport nut, is the "sport" theme likely to draw you to the show? 

Or, If you're a Twitter member you can retweet this tweet of mine. You do NOT have to follow me on Twitter to be considered for the random drawing. Use Twitter's native retweet button at the bottom of the tweet. 
Also, The Marketplace at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show is a great opportunity to pick up some plants and seeds. This year the D. Landreth Seed Company will be back and it will be a good opportunity to buy some heirloom seeds for your garden. I'm really looking forward to picking up some seed potatoes like I did last year. Comment on this post on my Facebook page and tell me what you're looking forward to buying for your garden? Cacti & succulents? Bulbs from the Dutch bulb sellers? Herbs? Garden art? 
You have three ways of winning a pair of free tickets. Up your chances of winning by teaming up with a friend and each of you entering. I'll contact the winners of the free tickets to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Tuesday, February 22nd with instructions on how to claim your free tickets to the 2011 show. Good luck- I'll see you at the show. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show runs March 5, through Sunday, March 13, 2011.
UPDATE: I've sent emails to the winners. If you commented here check your spam folder for an Email from my gmail account. If you entered on Twitter I sent you a DM or left you a message at the website listed in your profile. Facebook entries got a message from me on Facebook. 

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  • Hmm, how to answer this without angering the natives?

    I'd probably make some sort of reference to some sort of flower that may or may not bloom every hundred years or so, and has a rabid fan base that insists every year that "It's going to happen" and no matter how many years it doesn't happen they just keep blindly insisting it will...and they just keep paying more and more to fertilize and provide upkeep on this flower without getting anything out of it....

    Then there might be the story about the farmer who has the perfect garden except for his beets, which are too big. He insists that if his beets were smaller, they would taste better and he complains that if he only had a vegetable that was 1/4 the size of his current beets, things would be perfect and he'd have a winning garden....so his complaint is that things would be perfect if he only had a good quarter-beet.

    So, if you don't want me to continue this sports themed diatribe, then the tickets should be headed my way ;)

  • The Sport of Gardening will be interpreted with a re-imagining of the friendly confines of Wrigley Field as a "secret garden". Behind the ivy draped walls are sunny glades and shady bowers where baby bear cubs cavort.

  • In reply to markrector:

    Hey, I sent you an Email earlier in the week to the account you used to sign up to comment here. You were randomly selected for the tickets Also, I passed on your info to cullotonstrategies.com. So if you didn't see my email be on the lookout for an email from them.

  • This will be making gardening competitive, so where groups of people will form different teams to see who grow the most by end of season.

  • I suspect the sport of gardening exhibit will involve blooms arranged by color to make team logos. But it would be cooler if it focused on gardening as the real Great American Pasttime.

  • In reply to hawk3ye:

    Hey, I sent you an Email earlier in the week to the account you used to sign up to comment here. You were randomly selected for the tickets Also, I passed on your info to cullotonstrategies.com. So if you didn't see my email be on the lookout for an email from them.

  • When the Garden Show comes to town and the Cubs start spring training everyone knows that it won't be long before we can dive into our gardens. Can't wait to see the Sport of Gardening!

  • I can't wait to experience my first Garden Show! As a novice gardener, I can use all the inspiration I can get!

  • I hope it means some competition--like the state fair!

  • I think that they will show how flowers and veggies/fruits can make great companion plants throughout the stadium and field. Then the vendors can start selling the produce at their stands instead of the processed foods like hotdogs and nachos. Can you imagine Chicago making the claim that they have the healthiest players and fans?! We may actually win a few championships and live to celebrate it!

  • In reply to ErikaJIL:

    Hey, I sent you an Email earlier in the week to the account you used to sign up to comment here. You were randomly selected for the tickets Also, I passed on your info to cullotonstrategies.com. So if you didn't see my email be on the lookout for an email from them.

  • Today is the 17th, are all tickets gone? Because I would really like one!

  • In reply to vroanhorse:

    Yes, the giveaway ended on Tuesday. Although if you follow @ChicagoFlower on Twitter you may still get a chance to win a free ticket.

  • In reply to MrBrownThumb:

    I'm sad I found your page too late also. I've been looking all week for discounts, and finally this popped up. And I don't have Twitter to watch for additional tickets. :-(

  • In reply to MrBrownThumb:

    Will there be a list of winners posted?

    I'd hate to think my free passes got lost in the mail :)

  • In reply to KevinB:

    Sorry, Kevin. I just replied to the people who won the random drawing here. If you use Twitter or Facebook keep an eye on the Chicago Flower Show accounts there as I've seen they've been doing random drawings. If I get my hands on any more free tickets I'll do another random drawing giveaway.

  • In reply to KevinB:

    A zoo is a garden right? I can see little bear cubs playing baseball. Papa Bear and Baby Bear are playing catch while Mama Bear is making poridge. I can see Hawks circling overhead while Red Birds nest unaware in the maple trees. A panther stalks a penquin playing the blues while the coyotes howl loud enough to start an avalanche.

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