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Stefanie Summerer
United States
Hamden
Connecticut
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10
May 2003*
My favorite two player Kosmos game right now. The board looks beautiful when the game is over. Except for those stupid weeds that my husband likes to drop in my pretty flower beds.
2003-05-23*
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Wade Broadhead
United States
Pueblo
Colorado
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10
Aug 2008*
Fun game the wife loves, and it grew on me. Looking to get it, since other family would probably enjoy it as well. One of the better, fast, tile laying games. Like chess for gardners.
I finally found it and its as good or better than I remember.
One of teh best tile laying games for the time involved.
2008-03-10*
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Chris Montgomery
Canada
East York
Ontario
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10
Jun 2008*
Love this game, quick strategy, accessible theme. Took me *ages* to find it.
2008-06-12*
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Mary Weisbeck
United States
Black Hawk
South Dakota
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10
Jan 2011
Homemade using cuzzle's animal theme tiles.

The more I play this, the more I love it. It plays quickly, offers tough choices, and has just a touch of nastiness to spice it up.

With more plays, you find out how useful and interesting that center area is. You can use it to extend a scoring block, or you can throw junk in there so you aren't using up your side or to block your opponent who is using it to extend their scoring block.
2011-01-04
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-matt s.
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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9.5
Aug 2013
10-JUN-2009 - Well, apparently my wife is not unbeatable on this game. My mom and I have both won against her, but she consistently seems to win more than we do. We still enjoy playing this game and seem to be playing it fairly frequently.
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Despite it's apparent similarities to dominos, there is more to it than that IMO. You must play both strategically and tactically, you can mess with the other person a little bit in a couple of different ways, plus, there's a good sprinkling of luck in your draws. This is also somewhat mitigated by the neutral area (green strip) in the middle of the board where you have a lot of options on different possible tactics. The games are always close and the tension definitely builds as the game goes on. I have yet to win against my wife.
2009-09-11
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Aleister Finchley
United Kingdom
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Jul 2003*
Very relaxing game, especially if you smoke a few plants while playing.
2003-07-17*
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Gary Heidenreich
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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9
Jun 2007*
Reminds me of Ingenius. I enjoy this one...one of the better Kosmos 2-Player games I own. The key is to get the gardens planted in 3's and 6's. If you have a shot for a 10 garden, great. If you miss on it, you lose valuable points.
2007-06-06*
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Ross & Christine Chilcott
United States
Coraopolis
Pennsylvania
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Aug 2010
A perfect game after shopping for florists. Creating large gardens that border each other is almost impossible because of the lack of similar tiles. Scoring is always low. We find that we don't like playing with the weed beds. If this game becomes too competitive we don't tend to enjoy it. Generally we enjoy the puzzle aspect most with this game.
2009-12-13
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Fiske Warren
Australia
Perth
Western Australia
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Jun 2007*
Underrated and far more skill than meets the eye. This one has really grown on me. Like Take It Easy, it has an interesting puzzle element. Play without the weeds for less confrontation and, I reckon, a better game. Playing with weeds discourages players from aiming for the 10-size beds and actually detracts from one's options and the level of enjoyment
2007-06-05*
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Kevin Wood
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Sep 2007*
It's too bad this game is out-of-print. A favorite two-player game. There's just enough "take-that" to keep it intersesting, but not so much that you feel beat up.
2007-09-11*
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Maija Hyötytyöläinen
Finland
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9
Dec 2007*
Excellent two player game! Have played many years now.
2007-12-13*
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Rick Keuler
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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Sep 2013
Easy game to learn and visually appealing as well. Even though the luck of the draw plays a big part, there is a decent amount of tactics to be employed here as well. I love the competition that the common ground creates and the ability to mess with your opponent via the weeds. Fun game.
2010-12-31
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Matthew Ellis
United Kingdom
Manchester
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8.5
Nov 2002*
We like this -especially the non gaming wife.
People have slagged it off because of lack of depth but you really have to think carefully about maximising future tile placements. And there's tile counting for you sad people out there.....
Oh and it's pretty as well.
2002-11-22*
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Rhonda Quiroz
United States
Leavenworth
Kansas
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8.5
Jan 2005*
I consider this one to be one of the best "comfort games" that I've ever played. Enjoyable too! Haven't yet tried the solitaire version, but looking forward to it.
2005-01-02*
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Drew
United States
Wisconsin
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8.5
Oct 2012
From the rules it doesn't sound like there's much going on. You simply try to create large connected groups of like flowers, drawing the "domino"-type tiles one at a time. There's a shared center area that both players can use, and the back side of the tiles are "weeds" which you can place on your opponent's side of the board up to three times during the game to get a little garden war going.

Sounds kind of dull, and in fact the early moves aren't entirely interesting. However, it turns out there are a lot of considerations to be made as the board begins to fill. For example, you get one point for a group of 3–5 flowers, two points for a group of 6–9 flowers, and 4 points for a group of 10 or more flowers. A group of three is easy, but as the board fills, due to the spacial limitations, you need to recognize when a group simply cannot be pushed to the next level, and just give up on it. Likewise, you need to watch for areas on your opponent's side of the board where you can place weeds to prevent them from hitting 10.

Furthermore, if you run out of places to play first, your opponent can keep going, so you're going to want to play into the shared area and use that space for your own purposes before your opponent does, which keeps your side open for later.

I suspect that with more plays, the simple beauty of the game will emerge. Not a perfect-information abstract, but still a great two-player contest. A shame it's so long out of print and hard to acquire.
2012-10-15
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James D
Ireland
Cork
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8.5
May 2012
Superb game. Difficult to find these days. Granted the front cover of the box looks a bit dodgy but the box inlay and the board art is very pleasant. Lots of tactics can be employed in the game. Wife definitely loves this one too.
2012-05-29
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Quinn Swanger
United States
Holly Springs
North Carolina
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8.5
Dec 2013
I just located a new copy of this and I'm looking forward to playing it. I'll come back and assign a real rating afterwards.

Update, 12/27/2013. So I finally got my copy today (obtained via eBay from S. Korea, new and in perfect condition) and played my first game with my daughter. It's pretty damn fun!

I think the criticism leveled at the scoring system is unfounded. We found that it was actually *harder* to form separate groups of three then building upon existing groups and expanding them, so why change it to award even more points for large single groups? The scoring system seems well balanced the way it is. No need to second guess the designers who undoubtedly had way more play test games than any of us had had post-published games.
2013-12-27
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Stven Carlberg
United States
Decatur
Georgia
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8.2
Jun 2008*
A lot of this game depends on how well you tend your own garden, getting things to match up in a somewhat organized fashion as you cope with the flow of the luck of the draw, and I find that part of the game engrossing. But there's also the question of dealing with the neutral zone effectively, and then there are those all-important weeds, the three tiles of direct attack which can make the difference in a close game. A wonderfully simple yet solid game.
2008-06-29*
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Louis Ayotte
Canada
Montreal
Quebec
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Aug 2001*
Very nice game, with a cute theme and beautiful artwork (my gf calls it a "girl game"). It can have surprising depth, weeds and neutral zone providing many strategic options. Somehow it has an underlying "go" flavor which I like a lot.
2001-08-26*
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Bonnie Delaney
United States
Guilderland
New York
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Apr 2002*
Really fun, very attractive game, but the scoring seems out of wack. As someone else stated, it does seem like the optimal strategy is planting small beds of 3 flowers, which isn't anywhere near as fun as planting larger beds. So, we go for the larger beds anyway! Since I'm a girl, I don't mind it being a "girl" game...LOL!
2002-04-01*
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Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Mar 2011
A wonderful 2-player game that really needs to be reprinted.
2011-05-07
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Mike Simmonds
Singapore
Singapore
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8
Jul 2003*
For the guy/girl with the non-gamer spouse. My wife and daugther love this game. I think it is pretty ok too. Very uh...colorful.
2003-07-25*
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Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Sep 2003*
This is one of the games I can get my non-gamer husband to play and enjoy
2003-09-27*
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Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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Nov 2003*
One of the best from Kosmos serie for two players. Theme is very peacuful, but there is some elements to ruin other players game. This is also domino-like game.
2003-11-02*
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Clay Blankenship
United States
Huntsville
AL
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8
Nov 2003*
A nice light 2-player game. One of the favorite quick games of my wife and I. Not sure why I like it so much as it is very abstract, but I do enjoy trying to optimize the patterns of my flowers. Effective use of the neutral zone (makes me think of Star Trek) is essential to good play.
2003-11-28*
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