Sweetheart Seed Giveaway for Your Valentine

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Cosmos For The Cure

Botanical Interests wants more people to know about their special seed packet, Celebration in Pink cosmos. With each purchase of one of these packets, Botanical Interests will donate one dollar to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, with a minimum donation of $15,000. However, these packets will only be available until June 30, 2011. I’m sponsoring a little giveaway to help publicize this special offer just in time to give your valentine a heartfelt, seedy gift.

Botanical Interests Valentine's Day Seed giveaway

Celebration in Pink cosmos, the Sweetheart seed collection, and a bar of the pampering Gardener's Soap will all be yours if you win this giveaway.

Now for all you cold climate gardeners out there, a bit of advice about cosmos. Cosmos is very easy to grow, but it is incredibly frost tender. If you have a short growing season, you will get a lot more bloom if you start it indoors and plant seedlings after all danger of frost is past. Gardeners with a longer growing season can sow cosmos directly where they want it to grow. It is great as a cut flower no matter what climate you grow it in.

Sweetheart Seed Collection

In addition to the cosmos seeds that raise funds to fight breast cancer, Botanical Interests is also giving away their Sweetheart Seed Collection. This is what you see when you untie the ribbon and open the box (click to enlarge):

Botanical Interests Sweetheart Seed Collection

Eight packets of seeds are included in the Sweetheart Seed Collection

The Valentine Mesclun lettuce mix has Rubens Red, our family’s most favorite lettuce of all time, included in the mix. I bet you can grow these seeds to full heads of lettuce instead of as mesclun if you wish. And did you see this collection includes roses from seed? They are miniature roses, hardy to zones 4 to 5. They would be perfect to edge a border.

Luxurious Bar Soap

And because I love it so much, I persuaded them to include a bar of their Basil Poppy Seed Gardener’s Scrubbing Soap. This is the most luxurious soap I have ever used. Did you ever spend hours in the garden happily getting your hands covered with dirt? But then when you finally washed them, they felt dry and irritated? That will never happen with this soap. It is like soap and lotion mixed into one. The poppy seeds help if you’re hands are just a little dirty, say, if you pulled one weed on the way into the house. But you will still need a nail brush if you’ve been seriously gardening. And it doesn’t smell like basil to me. It is a pleasant fragrance, but doesn’t bring basil to mind. But oh! What luxury for my hands! Every time I wash them with this soap, I feel like I’ve taken them to a spa. There is no better way to pamper your favorite gardener.

How to Enter

If you’d like to receive these items to give to your favorite gardener (even if that’s you), leave one and only one comment below, making sure you include your email in the comment form. The winner will be randomly chosen, so what you say in the comment does not affect your chances of winning. However, I’d like to know if you’ve grown any of the seeds that are being given away, or if you have a favorite Botanical Interest seed that you want to recommend. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway can only be shipped to the U.S. and Canada. This giveaway ends at midnight Eastern time on Sunday, February 6. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. I received the cosmos, seed collection and soap to aid in the development of this post and to trial for possible future review.

Update: The Winner!

anita maher-lewis was chosen by random number generator. She has been notified by email to contact Botanical Interests. Thank you all for visiting Cold Climate Gardening and taking the time to comment.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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Stu P February 6, 2011, 11:30 pm

What a great collection! I love all the plants mentioned! Looking forward to getting to plant things this spring after such a long, long winter!

Lee February 6, 2011, 9:00 pm

I always grow cosmos in my Maine garden. They thrive and are especially prolific if I keep them cut. The other seeds look interesting , especially the Valentine mesclum. They would make a great gift for me or for my son and his girlfriend who live in upstate NY.

ANGEL JACKLYN February 6, 2011, 5:23 pm


Eva February 6, 2011, 1:04 pm

I love growing Cosmos, and I grew some this year and they were beautiful. I can’t remember if they were from BI or not. For some weird reason, they weren’t written down in my inventory.

I’d love to give the gift pack to my mom – the person responsible for my gardening habit. šŸ™‚

Suzanne February 6, 2011, 12:55 pm

Those are so pretty. I think Botanical Interests has the prettiest seed packets (not to mention the flowers). I’d love to win this.

Christin Congdon February 6, 2011, 11:06 am

I have to admit that this prize would go more towards benefiting my students than it would me, but either way I will get to watch and explore the wonders of nature with my students over the spring growing season. Who needs quick sprouting beans when you can learn to nurture and slow-grow these beautiful flowers.

Anne February 6, 2011, 9:26 am

What a lovely prize package!
I have not grown any of the seeds featured, but have grown BI seeds for years. Last year was the first time that I grew their “Marvel Of Peru” Four O’Clocks. This was a great choice since I wanted something that my younger children could grow. My 9 and 5 year olds were not disappointed! The plants were very strong and healthy and the flowers were abundant. They loved going out late in the day to see the flowers open. We also grow the Royal Burgundy bush beans every year. This is another great choice for children.

Jacqueline D'Elia February 6, 2011, 5:37 am

Botanical Interest seeds are on of my favorite suppliers. Great prices and I love the artwork on the packages! Cypress vine is pretty but too aggressive here in Houston – it seeds itself everywhere and covers everything in it’s path.

Claire Splan February 5, 2011, 8:25 pm

What a great collection!

Debbie February 5, 2011, 7:38 am

What a great give away! Love all the seeds that you have chosen.
Happy Gardening!

toni vargo February 5, 2011, 1:12 am

I have not yet bought your seed, but noticed the beautiful drawings of flowers on the packages, so would love to get some to frame the art work as well as to plant the seeds. The soap sounds heavenly, too!

Amy February 4, 2011, 11:02 pm

Great giveaway! I have never grown any of the seeds being given away but I would love to win this for my sister who is an avid gardener.

Susi February 4, 2011, 7:24 pm

What a great giveaway. I would love to give these seeds a try! Thank you!

Patrick/Patrick's Garden February 4, 2011, 3:26 pm

Great give away and it’s more thoughtful to buy these kind of thing for Valentine’s Day than buying cheap roses from Costa Rico.

Jan (Thanks For Today) February 4, 2011, 11:12 am

I love cosmos…but have never used Botanical Interests seeds before. This is such a wonderful package…would be nice to give to a special friend for valentine’s day.

Stacey February 4, 2011, 12:22 am

I have not gardened with any of these seeds (Forget-Me-Not, Lettuce, Rose, Cypress Vine, Poppy, Candytuft, Morning Glory, and Sweet Pea) but would love the opportunity to. This is such a nice selection!

Jenna Z February 3, 2011, 10:07 pm

Poppies are one of my very favorite flowers. There were always poppies right outside my bedroom window at my childhood home!

Pam February 2, 2011, 10:39 pm

These flowers remind me of my Dad ~ he always had a huge garden and lots of flowers and fruit trees.

Cindi Q. February 2, 2011, 6:35 pm

Beautiful give~away!

Grant Geiger February 2, 2011, 6:01 pm

Really cool. Thanks

Melissa February 2, 2011, 5:58 pm

I love the Chocolate Morning Glories!

Joanna S February 2, 2011, 4:59 pm

I love Botanical Interests! I love them so much that when one of my college classes needed to raise money, I used their seeds as a fundraiser! I have grown the Flanders poppies, they are beautiful and easy and spread their joy all over!

April February 2, 2011, 3:34 pm

What beautiful packaging, too! I would love these seeds. Cosmos are my favorite!

m-a February 2, 2011, 10:16 am

What a lovely gift! I love the presentation! In my house I don’t have place to start my seeds but this year, I found a friend who can do this for me. And in the spring, I will get my plants at her home. Very nice friend.
The soap is very interesting to. Poppy seed must help to wash away the dirt?
Have a nice day!

fern February 2, 2011, 9:57 am

I love the beautifully designed seed packets but have not tried seeds from this company. I am gardening on a budget this spring due to lack of work so these would be more than welcome.

Jupiter February 2, 2011, 7:58 am

Oh,these look like wonderful seeds!

Denise Falicki February 1, 2011, 11:23 pm

I love your cosmos seeds

Jennifer February 1, 2011, 10:13 pm

Thanks for the fun giveaway and supporting such a worthy cause! Every year I purchase Botanical Interest seeds to start my vegetable garden. I love the selection of organic and heirloom varieties. Spring can’t arrive soon enough!

Michele Denney-Clow February 1, 2011, 10:06 pm

These seeds are the best ever!! I am using seeds from two years ago and they are still strong and healthy. Thanks to my friend Val for introducing me to the best on the planet.

Donna February 1, 2011, 9:57 pm

I have not grown any of these specific seeds; I always grow morning glories and zinnias each year. This looks like a wonderful set of seeds to try, and the soap sounds so great! Thanks for the chance to win these!

Kat Waters February 1, 2011, 7:25 pm

I loved growing your Moonflowers last year! Absolutely beautiful!

Jennifer Rock February 1, 2011, 5:57 pm

What a wonderful array of gifts! And thanks so much for the SK support!

Melissa C. February 1, 2011, 5:49 pm

I’m letting my daughter have two of my raised beds this year, she wants to grow flowers. This would be a really fun gift for her. Thanks for doing something so fun “)

ron storfer February 1, 2011, 5:43 pm

this would be a great project to try my new plant light system with

Amy February 1, 2011, 5:22 pm

I had great luck with the zinnias I bought from BI last year. Thanks:)