The April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!

By dave
April 6, 2018

Our 2nd raffle of the year has begun, and it's a big one! New companies, new prizes, and lots of them! Get out your bag of acorns and dive in.

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Apr 7, 2018 3:21 PM CST
Name: Kaylee
(Zone 8b)
Fruit Growers Herbs Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Vegetable Grower
Hi everyone!
I'm not brand new to this site (I joined last year) but I'm new to the raffles. Just wondering, does one person win everything or are there multiple winners? It seems like there would be multiple but I just wanted to check, I don't want to enter a raffle if I don't need one of the prizes I'd rather leave it for someone else. Is there a raffle info page because I haven't been able to find it *Blush*
Thanks!
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Apr 7, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
Region: Ukraine Tender Perennials Container Gardener Dog Lover Houseplants Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Tomato Heads Hostas Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids
Here is a link @missmaven. https://garden.org/ideas/view/...
Good luck with the Raffle. Smiling
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Apr 7, 2018 3:38 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
@missmaven --
There are multiple winners. And I just tossed you some acorns. You can use them however you like. Buy tickets or badges or throw them at someone else or just squirrel them away.

And I love your user name. Reminds me of Miss Marple, one of my favorite detectives, even if that makes me a geezer.

tfc
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Apr 7, 2018 3:54 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Region: United States of America Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Salvias Charter ATP Member Birds
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@missmaven

Hi! I just tossed you 20 acorns too! Hurray! Thumbs up

Marilyn
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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Apr 7, 2018 4:50 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
If I counted right, there will be 14 winners in this raffle.

At the deadline, Dave puts all the tickets into a software program that does a random drawing. (I bought 5 tickets, so my name goes in 5 times).

At the bottom of the list of prizes for the raffle, it mentions how the prizes will be decided:
"As always, the ticket buying window is open now and will close on April 19th at 7:00pm Central time. The drawing will be done and posted the following day. The first place winner gets first pick of all the prizes, and then the second winner picks, and so forth until all prizes are claimed. Important note for winners: If you are contacted as a winner and asked to choose a prize you have 24 hours to respond with your choice. If you do not respond within that time, the next placed winner will be contacted and allowed to pick."
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Apr 7, 2018 5:53 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
And Dave's not kidding about the need to respond within 24 hours of when a winner is personally notified!
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Apr 7, 2018 6:09 PM CST
Name: Kaylee
(Zone 8b)
Fruit Growers Herbs Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Vegetable Grower
Wow thank you guys for replying so quickly and thanks for the acorns! Looks like I'll be buying some tickets! Smiling This is my third year gardening and I've finally gotten confident enough to branch out from summer veggies.
@tx_flower_child I love Miss Marple! Miss Maven was one of my childhood nicknames stemming from the fact that I had too many hobbies as a kid (and now I've added gardening!)
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Apr 7, 2018 10:59 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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No one mentioned that one of the best parts is the video of the Whittinger family doing the drawing for the raffle winners... Big Grin
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Apr 7, 2018 11:19 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
GROW ORCHIDS!!!
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Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
They are just so adorable! You are so right about the kids. What little treasures they are!!!
I'll admit that when I joined the NGA last year I saw these posts about raffles. At first I thought why bother, what chance do I have?? And I mistakenly ignored the whole thing. What an error that was!
So I gathered up a few acorns and purchased some tickets and I immediately got swept up in the RAFFLE. What fun it was! The kidding, the jokes, the comeraderie, it was all such fun!
And then the video was posted, those beautiful children, their little faces beaming!! I saw clearly what I had missed, what I had overlooked. It is not about winning. It is about the group, the fun, our kids, the plants, the friendship. Win or lose, it absolutely makes no difference. It is all about participation.
As long as I live and breathe I'll never miss another raffle. Hey I even managed to win! But then again, it makes no difference.

And now I come to this raffle. Acorns are flying everywhere, new members, old members, it doesn't matter. I just sit back and enjoy the raffle. And after it is over I am left begging for the next one to start so I can get swept up in all the fun, all the joy, and all that is part of the NGA.
Can we please have a sponsor to pass out helmets because with all these acorns flying around, I have to protect my head! Incoming! Rolling on the floor laughing
Every day God gives me is just a true blessing!!!
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Apr 7, 2018 11:32 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Sandy β€” You must have read my mind, or what there is of it. I was thinking it would be good to tell the new members about the video of the Whittinger family. The March video was a special treat since the kids all flashed us with their little 'piggies'. I'm sure it's still around somewhere. I'll look for a link and return.

Bill, I totally relate to what you wrote. Once you join in, it's some of the best entertainment around. You might have missed the time last year when we were all killing time waiting for the drawing. I mentioned that the only raffle I'd ever won was for 500 S&H Green Stamps at the Piggley Wiggly. That started a lot of comments about 'trading stamps' and finding pictures of them on the web and basically tripping down memory lane.

It is fun to see all the acorns flying around. Maybe I'll toss a few right now.
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Apr 7, 2018 11:41 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Let's see if this works.

https://youtu.be/sedghwE7WZU

Yes! New members β€” I highly recommend that you watch the video from the March NARR.
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Apr 8, 2018 4:48 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
This is totally fun!! And everyone is so generous and nice. Iam lucky to have found this site!! And also what awesome prizes from the companies who are donating. πŸŽ‰πŸ˜€

Mindi
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Apr 8, 2018 5:34 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox
Greenhouse Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias
Enjoy yourself, Mindi. It's a wonderful group of like minded, and very generous people! I've managed to win 3 times since I joined, and I'm always hoping for a repeat because those prizes are all really great ones!
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Apr 10, 2018 1:07 PM CST
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: Alabama Bookworm Cat Lover Dog Lover Butterflies
Tropicals Bulbs Lilies Birds Bee Lover Fruit Growers
Not to be a killjoy but 5 acorns = 1ticket, not 1acorn = 1 ticket. Took me awhile to figure that one out. And now back to our regular scheduled program, those kids!!
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Apr 10, 2018 6:12 PM CST
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Dahlias Garden Art Heirlooms Lilies Organic Gardener
Zinnias
Hooray - I'm in ! This is my first raffle. Any prize won and I'd be doing the gardener's happy dance - all the prizes sound great !
Good luck everyone !
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
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Apr 10, 2018 6:17 PM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
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Region: Ukraine
Best of luck to you Kathy! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Apr 10, 2018 7:34 PM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
Good Luck!! This is so fun!! πŸ˜€ Hurray!
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Apr 10, 2018 8:54 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Kathy - Glad you're in. Have you 'bought' any tickets yet?

I'll toss you some acorns in case you want more tickets, or badges, or just 'cuz. Enjoy!
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Apr 11, 2018 6:09 PM CST
Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Dahlias Garden Art Heirlooms Lilies Organic Gardener
Zinnias
Thank you, Tex & Joy. You are the darlings of my garden pals. Appreciate your generosity.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
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