The "Seed", "Plant", "Tend" and "Harvest" themed portions of the contest have finished, and all the votes are in. It's been great to see all the fruitful heirloom gardens!
Below are the Top 25 heirloom gardens with the most member votes from among the many gardens across the US and Canada helping to preserve the legacy and diversity of these time-honored plants. Join us in the Forum for a post-contest wrap!
Grand Prize Winner: toppenish family organic garden in Toppenish, WA
Runner Up: Paula's New House in Glen Burnie, MD
Here's a quick overview to get you started. For more details, just click the "Official Rules" tab above.
To participate in the contest, you must: 1) live and garden in the U.S. or Canada, and 2) be a registered Member of YourGardenShow.com
In order to join us and Grow it Forward you need to make sure you have done the following:
Step 1: Create your virtual garden.
It’s easy and free. Be sure to select ‘Grow it Forward - Heirloom’ as your garden type during sign-up.
Step 2: Plant your seeds.
Select 'Add a Planting' from your heirloom garden page and plant at least three heirloom varieties.
Great, now you are ready to Grow it Forward! There are two phases to the contest: the first spans the growing season of your heirloom plants and the second involves encouraging your friends, family and fellow gardeners to vote on your hard work.
Phase One spans seed to harvest, with prizes and lottery tickets awarded for the most commented Glogs (garden logs) at the end of each of the four themes (Seed, Plant, Tend, and Harvest).
A counter will appear on your heirloom garden and will tally how many comments you receive on your garden’s glog activities.
Heirloom_Queen’s comment on Fruit of the Heirloom’s journal entry would get them one comment closer to prizes and lottery tickets.
Your heirloom garden’s comment counter
The top 25 in each planting theme will be awarded lottery tickets, while the top 3 will also be awarded prizes.
The prizes will be provided by YourGardenShow, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, National Gardening Association, Timber Press, Storey Publishing, and Green Deals, so you know the items will complement a gardener's lifestyle.
During Phase Two lottery ticket distribution is doubled, increasing your chances to win the Grand Prize! If you have participated in at least two of the Phase One themes, then your garden is eligible to go into Phase Two: Vote
Get your friends, family and fellow gardeners to vote for your garden because this month we’re doubling down!
Your heirloom garden’s vote counter
Be in the top 25 gardens by August 31, 2012 at noon Pacific time and earn double the lottery tickets.
If you have earned a lottery ticket(s) in Phase One or Two, then your ticket(s) will be placed in the Grand Prize lottery drawing. There will only be 240 lottery tickets distributed over the duration of Grow it Forward. The more lottery tickets you earn, the higher your chances of winning the Grand Prize!
On September 1, 2012, all lottery tickets will be placed together and the Grand Prize winner will be selected LIVE during the broadcast of Ask Ian, YourGardenShow's online Question & Answer gardening program.
Be selected and you will win 2 roundtrip flights (from any destination in the U.S. or Canada) to San Francisco to attend the 2nd Annual National Heirloom Expo!
Accommodations and a car rental stipend are also included in the Grand Prize.
To provide a fair and equal chance of winning to all YourGardenShow.com members, the following are the official rules for the contest. If you have questions about the rules of this contest, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glog (garden log): A feature of YourGardenShow.com that allows you to post online comments, observations, photos, videos and more about your real-life garden. Moreover, it's a blog for your garden. Also, through interactive features, gardeners can track garden progress and real-time observations, helping Citizen Science efforts that build accurate baselines on the health of the planet.
Heirloom gardener: A YourGardenShow Member who has created a new heirloom garden/Glog (or tagged a current garden as heirloom) and has planted at least 3 heirloom varieties to share in the Grow it Forward contest.
Heirloom garden: An online garden/Glog created on YourGardenShow.com that is tagged as “heirloom” and has at least 3 “planted” heirloom varieties.
Phase One: The first part of the contest is broken down into four themes (Seed, Plant, Tend, and Harvest). Phase One begins on March 1, 2012 and ends on July 31, 2012 at noon U.S. Pacific Time. Contest winners during this portion of Grow it Forward are determined by comments received.
Phase Two: The second part of the contest is the final stretch of Grow it Forward. Phase Two begins on August 1, 2012 and ends on August 31, 2012 at noon U.S. Pacific Time. Contest winners during this portion of Grow it Forward are determined by votes received.
Top 25 Heirloom gardens leader board page: This is a feature of YourGardenShow.com that shows the top 25 heirloom gardens with the most Comments or Votes.
The primary purpose of Grow it Forward is twofold:
1. To jointly collect growth data across North America for all 1,400 of Baker Creek's heirloom varieties and that of other providers to be used by current and future gardeners as a rich resource of information and;
2. To incentivize YourGardenShow.com Members to use their Glog feature to share content, and thereby inspire community interactions in the form of Comments and Votes.
The premise of the contest is simple:
1. The top 3 Heirloom Gardens with the most Glog comments in each of the four initial contest periods (Seeds, Planting, Cultivation, and Harvest) will be prize winners in Phase One.
2. The Heirloom Garden with the most earned lottery tickets (through Phase One comment activity and Phase Two popular vote) will have a higher statistical chance to be the “Grand Prize" winner.
Note: Each of the four Phase One comment totals is valid for only one time period (either Seed, Plant, Tend, or Harvest) - at the start of each successive themed contest phase, the comment count will return to "zero" for all eligible heirloom gardens.
Multiple prizes provided by YourGardenShow.com, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, National Gardening Association, Timber Press, Storey Publishing, Green Deals and others will be awarded during Phase One (March 1st to April 15th, April 16th to May 31st, June, July); a Grand Prize winner will be determined through a live lottery drawing on the September 1, 2012 Ask Ian episode.
During each award period the top 25 gardeners will be issued lottery tickets for the Grand Prize drawing. The heirloom gardener lottery winner selected at random on September 1, 2012 will be the Grand Prize winner of two roundtrip flights from a destination in the U.S. or Canada to San Francisco to attend the 2nd Annual National Heirloom Expo (Santa Rosa, CA); local hotel accommodations (one hotel room) from the night of September 10th to the morning of September 14th will be included along with a rental car stipend for that same time period.
To participate in the contest, you must:
1. live and garden in the U.S. or Canada
2. be a registered Member of YourGardenShow.com
3. have created an heirloom Glog
4. have planted at least three varieties of heirloom seeds for sharing on your Glog.
Members must create and maintain an heirloom Glog in order to be eligible to participate. Each heirloom Glog's comment and vote totals will be automatically tracked and displayed in real-time on the heirloom Glog under the Garden Slideshow Carousel. The top 25 gardens with the most comments/votes will be displayed and updated in real-time on the Grow it Forward Top Glog page.
At the sole discretion of YourGardenShow.com management, any member who attempts to manipulate the contest in any way to give themselves an unfair advantage will be disqualified and their garden removed.
YourGardenShow reserves the right to disqualify any participant.
Your Garden Show, Inc., Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Petaluma Seed Bank, and Comstock, Ferre & Co. employees are not eligible to enter the contest.
There is no purchase necessary to participate.
The Contest begins on Thursday, March 1, 2012 and ends on Wednesday, August 31, 2012 at noon (US Pacific time).
Commenting on Contest Gardens (for Phase One - March to July 2012): Signed-in YourGardenShow members can comment on an unlimited number of gardens each day, the more commenting activity a gardener generates the higher chance or reciprocity.
Voting on Contest Gardens (for Phase Two - August 2012): Signed-in YourGardenShow members can vote on an unlimited number of gardens each day, but they can only place one vote each per garden per day;
The clock then resets every 24 hours at midnight US Pacific time, whereupon members may vote again for gardens they have already voted for;
For contest entrants, the more they encourage others to make return visits to vote every 24 hours, the more opportunity they will have to increase their vote count on their gardens.
YourGardenShow.com heirloom Glog Comments (Phase One) and Votes (Phase Two) will be totaled instantaneously by a tracking feature and displayed on each heirloom Glog of those gardens officially entered in the Contest.
Phase One winners will be announced the day after the end of each theme period (April 16th, June 1st, July 1st, August 1st), or on or before September 1st, 2012.
Grand Prize winner will be determined by a live lottery drawing on Ask Ian, YourGardenShow.com’s LIVE question and answer online program, on Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at 9am (US Pacific time).
Each contest winner will be contacted via the Email address used for that winner’s YourGardenShow.com member account.
To ensure that you can be contacted in the case of winning, be sure your Email address in your Account settings is up-to-date.
Contest winners will be asked to provide a valid physical mailing address to which YourGardenshow.com, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co, or one of the contest sponsors can directly mail their prize.
Receiving your prize via mail may take up to 30 days from the date of the announcement of the winners.
If a contest winner decides to forfeit his/her prize or does not respond to the winner email by September 31, 2012, then that prize will be awarded to the next eligible heirloom gardener.
The winner, by acceptance of any prize, acknowledges compliance with the Grow It Forward Heirloom Seed Contest Official Rules and agrees to release Your Garden Show, Inc. from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Grow It Forward Heirloom Seed Contest or the receipt, redemption, or use of any prize, including any injuries or damages of any kind sustained in connection with the use, acceptance, possession, or awarding of any prize.
If, for any reason, the Grow It Forward Heirloom Seed Contest is not capable of running as planned, Your Garden Show, Inc. reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any entry or entrant and/or to cancel, modify, or suspend the Grow It Forward Heirloom Seed Contest.
This year, gardeners from across the US and Canada are coming together to grow over 1,400 heirloom plant varieties and participate in a growing movement to preserve the legacy and diversity of these time-honored plants. Share your heirloom adventures on YourGardenShow.com and qualify for a chance to win some great prizes.
If your Grow it Forward heirloom garden is one of the top 3 most commented on Glogs during the Seed, Plant, Tend, or Harvest time periods, you'll be eligible for a prize that may include gardening tools, Baker Creek swag, gardening books, or other "green" gifts.
Our grand prize winner will receive accommodations and air travel to attend The National Heirloom Expo this September in California.
Thanks to our Grow it Forward sponsors: Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, National Gardening Association, Timber Press, Storey Publishing, Green Deals, Corona Tools, and YourGardenShow.com. Lots of handy items to complement a gardener's lifestyle!
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