Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Note About Room Reservations at the Madison Concourse Hotel


Our room rates at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, are guaranteed only through Wednesday, May 24. Our headquarters hotel is located at 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI, 53703. This is where we'll board our buses every morning and drop off at the end of the day. Once registered for the Fling, use the unique code we sent/send you to book your room at our special rates. Use this link to learn more about the hotel: Madison Concourse Hotel. Don't miss out!

Downtown Madison is known for easy walk-ability, bike paths for miles, delightful festivals, an awe-inspiring farmers’ market, dozens of live music venues, world-class restaurants, and art museums—all nestled on an isthmus between two sapphire lakes and steps from the Concourse Hotel.

The hotel is also located just a short walking distance from the pedestrian-only State Street, the State Capitol, and the waterfront summer hangout Memorial Union Terrace.

The entire isthmus is a busy, vibrant area full of opportunities to explore and enjoy!

Each room at the Concourse has complimentary wifi access, making it easy to check in on social media and connect with friends and family. An indoor pool and fitness center are also available if you’re so inclined.

You’ll find contemporary American dining at the CIRC restaurant, which crafts seasonal dishes featuring ingredients from local farmers and producers.

The Bar, located on the first floor near the lobby, offers an extensive wine list, an impressive craft beer selection, and artisan cocktails. In addition, a full-service Starbucks is adjacent to the lobby.

The Concourse offers gathering spaces throughout the lobby—perfect for relaxing and catching up with other Flingers.

State Street is just around the corner from the hotel, and you’ll want to explore this seven-block, bustling pedestrian thoroughfare for shopping, dining, or simply people-watching. We're also planning some time on Saturday morning to explore the Dane County Farmers' Marketconveniently located on the tree-lined grounds surrounding the Wisconsin State Capitol building, near the hotel.

If you're planning on an extended stay, we've also provided information about additional plant shopping, garden visiting, sightseeing, and entertainment opportunities in Madison and the surrounding area. Consider adding a day or two on the front or the end of the Fling dates.

Our reserved (limited number of rooms) room rate is $179/night for single and double; $189 for triple; and $199 for quad. At registration time, you had/have access to the special rates.

Don't miss out on these special rates!

Photos courtesy The Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club

Thursday, May 5, 2022

CobraHead: Supporting Sponsor of the Madison Fling

Cheers to CobraHead, another bloom-level sponsor that has been with us from the start! Since 2002, the CobraHead Weeder & Cultivator has been the ultimate garden tool for weeding and gardening.

The CobraHead is a multipurpose hand tool for use in gardening, horticulture, and agriculture that's superior to all similar tools on the market.

The CobraHead team has designed a line of gardening products to help all landscapers and gardeners weed more efficiently. CobraHead’s goal is to “offer you the best tools in earth.” The complete line of CobraHead Weeder & Cultivators make weeding easier and put the joy back in gardening!

Find them online:
    Website: CobraHead.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/CobraHead
    Twitter: twitter.com/cobrahead
    Instagram: instagram.com/cobrahead
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/cobraheadtools

*** The Garden Bloggers Fling is a non-profit organization; we’d be nowhere without our generous sponsors! Please let them know how much they mean to us—big "thank-yous" to each and every one! ***

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

John & Bob's Smart Soil Solutions: Supporting Sponsor of the Madison Fling

Another sponsor that's been with us since the start is John & Bob's Smart Soil Solutions. Thank you, John & Bob's!

The secret to lush gardens, lawns, productive flowers, fruits, and vegetables lies in the health of the soil. Nature's most powerful organic ingredients infuse your soil with life. John & Bob's four-product system of Optimize, Nourish-Biosol, Maximize, and Penetrate is the easy, effective, and organic way to make your soil healthy.

John & Bob's system feeds beneficial soil organisms with its unique blend of organic compounds, minerals, and microbes. John & Bob's formulations use the same strategy that benefits self-sustaining plant communities all over the world.

Find them online:
Website: johnandbobs.com 
Facebook: facebook.com/johnandbobs 
Twitter: twitter.com/johnandbobs
Instagram: instagram.com/johnandbobs
YouTube: bit.ly/2PSwqwc

*** The Garden Bloggers Fling is a non-profit organization; we’d be nowhere without our generous sponsors! Please let them know how much they mean to us—big "thank-yous" to each and every one! ***

Sunday, May 1, 2022

What Plants Will We See at the Madison Fling?

Clockwise from top left: Tradescantia virginiana, Geranium maculatum, Syringa spp.,
Aquilegia canadensis, Baptisia alba, Magnolia spp.
Center: Anemone canadensis.
(Unfortunately, the Syringas and Magnolias will be finished blooming at Fling time.)

What plants will be blooming and peaking during the Fling? We don't know for sure, but we touched on a few of the likely stars in our FAQ post back in October. And we thought it might be helpful to share some of the plant lists from several of our host gardens.

Monarda fistulosa
Olbrich Botanical Gardens shares plant lists by seasons that can be found in its Autumn Meadow.

Allen Centennial Garden provides a virtual map that you can click on to find information about plants in various locations.

Rotary Botanical Gardens offers this beautiful video of its grounds and plant collections.

UW-Madison Arboretum shares its list of native plant species, some of which will be blooming and peaking during our visit.
Zizia aurea

This is just a little tease. Our private gardeners will have so many amazing displays, too. And the end of June is a beautiful time of year to visit Southern Wisconsin, for the plants, the weather, and so many other reasons.

The Fling is just around the corner! If you're signed up, we can't wait to see you! If not, we still have room on our second bus. To sign up, visit this link.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Proven Winners® ColorChoice®: Supporting Sponsor of the Madison Fling

We’d like to give special thanks to the sponsors that have stayed with us for more than two years! We start with Proven Winners® ColorChoice® flowering shrubs, a 2022 Fling Bloom Level Sponsor! A nine-year Fling sponsor, Proven Winners ColorChoice has also generously agreed to sponsor our opening night reception!

Proven Winners ColorChoice is known for hydrangeas that are easy to grow and packed with bigger, more vibrant blooms that are held up on strong, supportive stems. It’s no wonder Proven Winners ColorChoice varieties like ‘Limelight’, Little Lime®, Incrediball®, and Invincibelle® Spirit II have become household names.

One of their newest introductions, Fire Light Tidbit® is the smallest panicle hydrangea on the market, at just 2’-3’ tall and 3’ wide! Each large, rounded bloom emerges frothy lime green, matures to white, blushes to pink, and finishes vibrant dragon fruit pink. Its foliage is at work in the autumn providing the “fire” by blending into hues of orange, maroon, and red. When it comes to front-of-the-border beauty, this dwarf hydrangea provides the captivating display you’re looking for. Hardy in USDA zones 3-8.

Year after year, nurseries big and small look to Proven Winners ColorChoice for new shrub introductions that perform better. And Proven Winners ColorChoice looks to garden communicators of all types, like the Flingers, to spread the word about their experiences with these new plants. This expert advice helps consumers make informed choices about what they grow, and helps our network of growers and garden centers experience greater sales success.

“Not Just New, Better” means growers, garden centers, landscapers and home gardeners will all feel like winners when they choose Proven Winners plants—a brand synonymous with quality and consistency.

Find them online:

Website: www.MyPWColorChoices.com
Facebook: @pwcolorchoice

*** The Garden Bloggers Fling is a non-profit organization; we’d be nowhere without our generous sponsors! Please let them know how much they mean to us—big "thank-yous" to each and every one! ***