Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Fling Sponsors

If you're a garden blogger, unless you've been living under a rock or hibernating for the winter, you probably know Chicago will be host to the second annual Garden Bloggers' Spring Fling this May 29-31.

If you haven't already, please visit Chicago Gardeners, the official 2009 Spring Fling website for all the latest information on events, accommodations, and registration. Speaking of registration, if you're definitely attending the Fling, please be sure to complete a registration form. This will help us finalize events and reservations and make sure we have enough goodies from our sponsors to go around, so please don't delay! Proven Winners will need a count from us soon, as they will be growing plants especially for us.

Although I don't normally advertise here, I wanted to give special recognition to some folks who are working with us to make the Fling as exciting and memorable as possible. We're working on obtaining additional sponsors, and if we're successful, a later post will acknowledge them as well.

Without further ado, here are a few words about our sponsors, along with links to their websites so you can learn more about them.

Proven Winners: Proven Winners is the leading brand of high quality flowering plants in North America, sold under the Proven Winners name. We're grateful for their support and ask that you visit their website and shop Proven Winners.

Chicagoland Gardening magazine: Published by Growit Communications, Inc. Chicagoland Gardening is the authoritative source for gardening in our region. Visit their website to subscribe to this great magazine or pick up a copy at better garden centers, Dominick's, Whole Foods Stores, Border's Books, Barnes & Noble Books, The Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Cantigny Gardens, and many other outlets.

Botanical Interests: is a family owned seed company that offers high quality garden seeds. Their goal is to inspire and educate gardeners. The seed packaging merges art, gardening and science. With over 500 varieties, they have many popular favorites as well as heirloom, organic and gourmet seed varieties.

Sunset magazine is the premier guide to life in the 13 western states, covering the newest and best ideas in Western gardening and landscaping, home design and decorating, food and entertaining, and travel. The magazine has five zoned editions to give readers regional Garden and Travel ideas, and is read by nearly 5 million people each month. is the 24/7 how-to arm of the magazine. Its Garden section includes guides to edible gardening, backyard projects, going organic, saving water, garden design, climate maps, how-to videos, and more. Garden writers Jim McCausland and Sharon Cohoon update Fresh Dirt daily with their latest scouting finds, garden events, tips, and ideas.

YouGrowGirl was launched by Gayla Trail in early 2000 and has grown into a thriving online community that speaks to a new kind of gardener, seeking to redefine the modern world relationship to plants. This contemporary, laid-back approach to gardening places equal importance on environmentalism, style, affordability, art, and humour.

Chicago Honey Co-op: In the winter of 2004,three passionate urban beekeepers conceived and created Chicago Honey Co-op. Their purpose was simple, to provide job training opportunities for the under-employed while operating a small business model that is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices and aims for the highest product of quality standards.

Thanks so much to all of you for your generous support, and for helping us make the Spring Fling as exciting and memorable as possible!

We're still open to additional sponsors who would like to be a part of the Chicago Spring Fling. Sponsors may have their banner ads placed on the Chicago Gardeners blog, and a special post there with links to their websites. In addition, certain CSF committee members have agreed to include a post about them on our personal blogs.


  1. You should MOST definitely advertise these very nice sponsors. One of the things that is an incentive for folks to attend in addition to meeting everyone, is the freebies. Just look at the Oscars and all they get for free from sponsors. Course none of us gardeners would want their goodies, nope, all your sponsors are right on for the group going to Spring Fling I am thinking.

  2. I've officially registered--does that mean I get some kind of chocolate reward?! ;-) You've got a great list of sponsors, too. Good work! And pass along my appreciation to the other planners, too.

  3. Thanks Tina! I think we've got a fantastic group of sponsors, and hopefully soon we'll be announcing a few more.

    Hi Monica, the funny thing is by the time we were finished with our booth, all the chocolate booths had shut down and were on their way out! Someone from one of the booths came to ours and gave us all gingerbread men, but I didn't have a chance to get any chocolate!

    We're very pleased to have these sponsors. They're all great fits for the Fling. We appreciate your appreciation! ;)

  4. Oh, what fun! I'm still working on getting things figured out. I'm hoping to get it down soon.

  5. Thanks for the update, Linda! I haven't checked the Spring Fling website in the last few days, so I didn't know about the registration--I'll do that soon.
    I'll definitely visit all the sponsors--they are much appreciated, as are you and your committee for getting them to sign on. I did visit the Proven Winners site a few weeks ago and left them a note thanking them for their sponsorship. Their pages on container "recipes" are great!

  6. I hope you can make it Cinj! Please keep me informed of your plans.

    Good morning Rose, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Thanks for registering soon - it will really help us finalize things when we know how many people will be attending.

    And thank you for visiting the sponsors! We're so grateful to have them on board, especially in these tough economic times.


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