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The 2019 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
September 4, 2019

This is the big event we've all been waiting for, the 2019 Not a Raffle Raffle!

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Name: Ivan
West Central Texas (Zone 7a)
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Ivan_N_Tx
Nov 5, 2019 11:45 AM CST
I won 4th prize in the raffle and chose the $50 gift certificate but alas over a month later, I've heard nothing from them. Dave has contacted them again so it looks like they flaked out on us. Not a company I want to do business with and I hope friends of garden.org remember this, too.
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 5, 2019 12:34 PM CST
What company was this, Ivan?
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
Nov 5, 2019 12:45 PM CST
Looking at the title of his post, it must be Great Garden Plants.
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Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Nov 5, 2019 1:44 PM CST
I have a feeling that this certificate became lost in the mail. That is assuming they sent it promptly!
Waiting over a month to get your prize does not seem overly outlandish. I would feel differently if live plant material was lost.

But if you registered this shortcoming with Dave, I have every confidence that it will be corrected. There is a chance however that this company backed out of an agreement to provide a gift certificate. Dave may have taken their word that they would provide your prize.
I just think that we should let Dave work his magic. Who knows why they would back out and risk hurting their reputation.
Now if it is 6 months later and still no prize, then I would say it is not coming but I would give it more time.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Nov 5, 2019 1:50 PM CST
My gift basket was not what I expected, but what I received was ok. According to the write up, I was supposed to get a cobra head weeder and seeds, and received neither. But hey, it was free! I did like the candles I received.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Nov 5, 2019 1:53 PM CST
Just checked back about my prize, definitely did not receive all the items that were listed.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 5, 2019 2:00 PM CST
Personally, and this is simply my observation after being in the "business" for 7 yr., whether something is purchased or is gifted, the supplier should ship promptly. There is simply no excuse for a company to delay shipping for a month or more. @gardenfish, there is also no excuse for a company not to honor what was said to be the gift. In a worse-case scenario, let's say an item(s) was no longer available, the company should at the very least tell the recipient what happened to cause a change in the prize, and better yet, give that winner choices for a substitute prize.
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Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
Nov 5, 2019 2:02 PM CST
I used a bunch of acorns to buy tickets and did not win a thing, so I guess I would be satisfied with anything I won. I have confidence that Dave will check into it and hopefully things will get all worked out. I do SO love candles!
Plant Dreams. Pull Weeds. Grow A Happy Life.
Name: Christie
Central Ohio 43016 (Zone 6a)
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cwhitt
Nov 5, 2019 2:03 PM CST
@drdawg - agreed!
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Nov 5, 2019 2:04 PM CST
I was one of the last drawn and won a NGA ball cap. Nice quality cap which I am enjoying wearing but I wish the lettering were larger and more readable.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2019 2:04 PM CST
Great Garden Plants has a couple of nice recommendations in our green pages (blue link) so hopefully there's just been a mix up of some sort and they will indeed make good on their gift offer.
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Nov 5, 2019 2:29 PM CST
plantladylin said:https://garden.org/greenpages/view/307/Great-Garden-Plants/ has a couple of nice recommendations in our green pages (blue link) so hopefully there's just been a mix up of some sort and they will indeed make good on their gift offer.

I agree


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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Nov 5, 2019 2:33 PM CST
Not sure how big of an organization Great Garden Plants is or where they are located, but I do know from personal experience that sometimes serious illness (hospitalization), severe weather, or whatever the case may be, gets in the way of our normal business activities. I would definitely give this more time.

I guess it would be frustrating, but considering that the contest and prizes are both totally free, I would hesitate to say anything bad until an explanation was given.


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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Nov 5, 2019 3:01 PM CST
Dave will get it sorted out. He's good handling "issues". Hurray!
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2019 3:17 PM CST
Great Garden Plants is located in Michigan and I believe that area of the country has been having cold weather already which could cause a delay. Hopefully it was just a glitch with contacting Ivan and they will be in touch soon. Dave will let you know what he finds out.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Nov 5, 2019 3:31 PM CST
I live in Michigan and September and October were very nice. Only in very late October did the Northern half and the U.P. Get a dusting of snow. I went to 35 just west of Detroit.
Starting in a day or two, I am heading down in the low to mid 20's with upper 30's to low 40's as highs. Wet snow flurries are forecasted for a day or two.
But really there has been no indication of any accumulating snow in the state that would have prevented the mailing of a gift certificate.
On the other hand, I mailed a Birthday card to my son on Long Island last year at this time. That card went missing!
I sent another card with a duplicate check some ten days later. His birthday was the 13th. The lost card actually showed up before the replacement! Both early in December.
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Nov 5, 2019 3:32 PM CST
They do send nice plants. Been years since I ordered from them though. I bet just a oops, it'll get sorted out.
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Nov 5, 2019 3:36 PM CST
I just looked and Great Garden Plants is located in Grand Haven, Michigan; weather reports for that city show low temps with snow showers. If an unexpected cold front came through, it might well have caused them a lot of work to prepare their greenhouses for protecting plants. Shrug!
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Big Bill
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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BigBill
Nov 5, 2019 5:01 PM CST
I find only one issue with that theory. Up here, locals know when the weather is going to change. Local nurseries by me have been battening down the hatches since a week after Labor Day.
I would think that they need to be ready by October 15th here. But up North, maybe October 1st. They can't afford not to be ready. If it turns out that we get a warm weather stretch, they could enjoy some unscheduled down time. They go by average weather dates, first frost, first snowfall etc. they can't afford not to take those dates seriously.
When you grow orchids, it is all about the ROOTS!!!
[Last edited by BigBill - Nov 5, 2019 5:03 PM (+)]
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Nov 6, 2019 5:15 AM CST
I agree Jim.
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