Stratford Garden Festival giveaway!

By: Christi Rutledge

The Stratford Garden Festival is fast approaching!  This year, the theme of the festival is “Celebrating our Roots” – a perfect fit for the Festival as we celebrate 60 seasons of theatre in Stratford!  If you’ve never been toStratford before, or haven’t taken the time to view some of the spectacular horticulture in our city, you need to!

This four-day festival from March 1 to 4 features a ton of activities and beautiful displays. Landscapers will create gardens inspired by their choice of Canadian music as they interpret the 2012 theme, “Celebrating our Roots.”  The Festival will be creating a display that you won’t want to miss, as will seven other landscapers and groups. Every day there will be guest speakers talking about everything from growing your own food to the algae in your pond. (Click here for a complete list of guest speakers.) Other special events at the festival include a seniors’ day, a garden party and a family fun night.

We’re giving away six pairs of day pass tickets for you to come and enjoy the Garden Festival.  Be one of the first six people to comment below and name a flower or plant that Shakespeare refers to in his plays or poems, and you could win a ticket for yourself and a friend! We’ll announce the winners on Monday, February 27, on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. Winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the Festival Theatre Box Office.

Event times and location:
Thursday, March 1, 2012, noon to 5 p.m.
Friday, March 2, 2012, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stratford Rotary Complex
353 McCarthy Road
Stratford,Ontario

Check back next week for a special promotion you’re going to want to take advantage of!

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Planning your visit to Stratford!

Christi Rutledge

There is a lot going on in Stratford beyond the doors of the theatre. While you’re here, discover what makes us  Canada’s premier arts town and why we have been named one of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2012. As you plan your visit to the Festival, these are some great events and destinations to check out while you’re here!

· Slow Food Perth CountyYear-Round
Slow Food Perth County is a convivium whose main goals are to connect food producers with consumers and to support and advocate for food choices that are good, clean and fair. Every Sunday, visit the Slow Food Market to shop and taste local flavours.

· Gallery StratfordYear-Round
Gallery Stratford showcases the unique stories of Perth Huron and Canadian artists to the community and visiting audience. Visit them Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the summer season and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the winter.

· Stratford Art in the ParkJune – September
This outdoor show featuring regional artists has been presented since 1968.  Take a stroll down Lakeside Drive every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from June to September to browse or purchase unique pieces of art.

· Stratford Blues and Ribfest:  June 22 – 24, 2012
Ribbers from all around North America come to tempt you with their delectable creations. Pair that with the sweet and soulful sounds of the blues and you have a perfect evening or afternoon excursion.

· Stratford Summer MusicJuly 16 – August 26, 2012
This multi-week music festival boasts over 100 events featuring more than 300 artists performing jazz, classical, opera, folk, organ and world music, set in indoor and outdoor venues throughout Stratford. This year a special focus will be placed on the music of Glen Gould and Bach. Don’t forget to check out the free concerts by the river every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

· Savour StratfordSeptember 22 – 23, 2012
The Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival has been awarded Ontario’s best culinary experience for good reason! Every year this outdoor festival takes over the city, offering people the chance to eat and sip their way though some of the best food and drink available. With a tasting tent, celebrity chef demonstrations, a farmers market and live music, you’re bound to have a blast.

These are just a few of the festivals and events that take place in Stratford. For a full list, visit the Stratford Tourism Alliance website.

P.S.-  We’ll be giving away tickets to the Stratford Garden Festival, which takes place from March 1-4.  Watch for more information on our Facebook wall and Twitter feed!