by Connie Oswald Stofko
First, let me thank all of my current subscribers as well as my new subscribers. You told your friends about the online gardening magazine for Western New York, and I now have more than 11,800 subscribers!
And all of you who have already subscribed are already entered into the prize drawing worth approximately $450!
There will be three winners and each winner will receive the entire prize package!
If you haven’t already subscribed, hurry! You must subscribe by the end of today, Tuesday, March 21 to be entered into the prize drawing.
On Wednesday, March 22 I will get a numbered list of all the subscribers to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. I’ll use Random.org to generate a list of random numbers. The names that correspond with the first three numbers on the random list will be the winners.
I will email the three winners.
In the past, winners had five or six days to respond, but now they will have only three days. That means you should check your email to find out if you’re a winner. And if you are, respond promptly.
The first three people chosen as winners will have only until 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, to respond.
If you are notified that you are a winner, please respond quickly!
If a winner doesn’t respond by then, I will go down the list to the next person, who will have until 7 p.m. Monday, March 27 to respond.
I have my fingers crossed for all you!
This year’s prizes
If you are one of the three lucky winners, here’s what you’ll get:
- A Big Yellow Bag containing a full cubic yard of great soil delivered to your home from Lakeside Sod, 6660 Goodrich Rd., Clarence Center.
- A gift basket full of items any gardener would love, plus a $20 gift certificate from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. (Items will vary.)
- A hanging floral chime (assorted colors), a set of dishtowels and a $20 gift certificate from Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market, 428 Rhode Island St., Buffalo.
- A soy candle made by Buffawix Candle Co., along with a $30 gift certificate from Lockwood’s Garden Center, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.
- A one-year family membership to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. If you are already a Botanical Gardens member, your membership will be extended one year!
Three winners will be selected at random from our list of subscribers. Each winner will receive all of the prizes: the Big Yellow Bag, the gardener’s gift basket, the wind chime and towels, the soy candle, the Botanical Gardens membership and the gift certificates!
The deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 21.
Please tell your gardening friends to subscribe today so they’ll be entered in this fabulous contest, too! Share the news on Facebook , Instagram, Nextdoor and other social media.
Official contest rules for the spring 2023 prize package
1. To enter, subscribe to Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. If you are already subscribed, you are already entered.
2. The last day to enter is Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
3. The winners will be chosen by random on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from all subscribers who meet the qualifications.
4. To qualify, the entry must include a working email address. If the email address is a nonexistent address, if Constant Contact is blocked by the user, if the user’s mailbox is full or if there is some other impediment to the user being reached by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com via email, the entry will be disqualified.
5. If you are chosen as a winner, you will be notified via email by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.
6. You must respond to the email by 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2023 to let us know that you have received the notification and are prepared to pick up your prizes. If we don’t hear from you by 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, we will choose another winner.
7. We will ask you to respond with your name and the town you live in so that we can use your name and town in an article in an upcoming edition of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com announcing that you were a winner as well as in other promotions. Winners must agree to the use of their names and town for promotion purposes. We won’t share your street address or email address.
8. You must pick up your prizes at the various locations that are providing the prizes by the date specified:
- Schedule delivery of the Lakeside Sod Big Yellow Bag by calling Lakeside Sod at 716-741-2877 no later than Saturday, May 28, 2023. You must be within Lakeside Sod’s delivery area to receive the prize.
- Pick up the Lockwood’s prize at Lockwood’s Garden Center, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, NY. Pick up the prize by Saturday, May 6, 2023.
- Pick up the Mischler’s prize at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville, NY. Pick up the prize by Saturday, May 6, 2023. Please call Mischler’s at 716-632-1290 before you stop by.
- Pick up the Urban Roots prize at Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market, 428 Rhode Island St., Buffalo. Pick up the prize by Saturday, May 6, 2023.
- The membership to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will be sent to you via U.S. postal mail. When we email you to notify you that you are a winner, we will ask you for your postal mailing address.
9. Each winner will receive a Big Yellow Bag containing a full cubic yard of soil from Lakeside Sod; a gift basket of gardening supplies and a $20 gift certificate from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses; a hanging floral chime (assorted colors), a set of dishtowels, and a $20 gift certificate from Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market; a soy candle made by Buffawix Candle Co., along with a $30 gift certificate from Lockwood’s Garden Center, and a one-year family membership to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. If you are already a Botanical Gardens member, your membership will be extended one year. Each of the three prize packages is worth approximately $450.
10. Winners from previous years cannot win again. No person can win more than once.
11. All taxes relative to the prize package are the sole responsibility of the winner. No prize substitutions, assignments or transfers. No cash equivalents.
12. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. All federal, state, local and municipal laws apply. Void where prohibited.
13. The contest is open to everyone with the exception of employees of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, Lockwood’s Garden Center, Lakeside Sod, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market.
14. This contest is sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. By participating, all entrants acknowledge and agree that they have entered the contest of their own free will, that the full rules and details of the contest have been made available to them in writing and they therefore understand and agree that Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, Lockwood’s Garden Center, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Lakeside Sod, Urban Roots Cooperative Garden Market, their agents, affiliates, sponsors, representatives or employees do not have any liability with respect to any damages out of acceptance and use of a prize. By entering this promotion, participants agree to be bound by these rules.