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Stefanie Summerer
United States
Hamden
Connecticut
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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8
Mar 2004*
My favorite 2-player to play with the spouse.
2004-03-11*
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Stephen Owen
United Kingdom
Appleton
Cheshire
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Apr 2004*
Excellent chilled out game of flower garden arrangements. My girlfriend loves it!
2004-04-01*
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Nick Al
Greece
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Apr 2004*
nice filler
2004-04-14*
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Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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May 2004*
Surprisingly good little game. Comparable to Lost Cities in terms of depth of play and overall enjoyment.
2004-05-17*
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John Margerum
United States
Burbank
California
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Sep 2004*
Simple, elegant, always fun to play, it's a real shame that this one's not available anymore.
2004-09-16*
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Stefan Engblom
Finland
Espoo
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Oct 2004*
Simple and quick to play. The theme and graphics are not very tempting (at least for me).
2004-10-29*
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R C
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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Feb 2005*
Goofy theme, but really enjoyable tile-laying game. Build flower beds and place weeds to sabotage your opponent. Good fun.
2005-02-04*
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John Guest
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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Apr 2015
Great to play with my wife.
2005-02-13*
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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Apr 2005*
Pick a bouquet and smell the roses
2005-04-30*
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Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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Nov 2005*
A solid, attractive game that gets bonus points because both my wife & daughter enjoy playing it with me. Say what you want about the girly flower theme . . . and then wonder why we've got so few women in our hobby, yet so many games about orcs and tanks. I'm just saying.

Meanwhile, Flowerpower is a cool placement & pattern-building tile game, one that offers a nice mix of nonconfrontation (play on your side of the board) with just a dash of possible nastiness (you can play against your opponent three times during the game). The sharky gamers will realize that the game is won or lost in the contested middle ground.
2009-02-21
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Larry Chong
United States
Kendall Park
New Jersey
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Nov 2009*
Hanging out with a non-gamer chic and don't know what to do...er... I mean...play? Well, how about introducing her to a game of flowerbeds or flower gardens...?! It has a really good Carcassonne-ish tile-laying flavor to it. I like to use it as a gateway game for girls who are casual or non-gamers. A nice little icebreaker game.
2010-03-30
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United States
Nebraska
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Dec 2009*
A great abstractish game for two. I like to play with a hand of three to choose from instead of draw-one-play-one.
2013-08-04
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Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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Jun 2006*
Flowerpower is a fast and simple tile-laying game that is a credit to the Kosmos two-player line. Since it plays very quickly, there never seems to be a lot of downtime or deliberation for each player.
2006-06-27*
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Mason Rourman
United States
Sierra Madre
California
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Apr 2006*
Amazingly clever two-person game of tile placement / area control
2006-04-15*
Phyll
Australia
Sydney
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Apr 2015
From the rap it was given on a Geekspeak as a 2p game with wife appeal.
2007-06-07*
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Mike Marshall
United States
Sudlersville
Maryland
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May 2006*
My girlfriend really likes this one. Nice theme...
2006-05-26*
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Doug Orleans
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
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Dec 2006*
The weed rule makes this a bit nastier than it appears. Otherwise it's a pleasant double-solitaire plus some interesting interactions in the shared zone in the middle. I'm not entirely convinced that the scoring table is optimal; I haven't tried Chris Brua's variant (see his article on this page) but it might work better.
2006-12-05*
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chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
Alberta
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Mar 2010
Excellent game. Far more competitive than you would think. Very nice components. Every turn is productive, and you have lots of decisions to make.
2006-12-24*
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Jenna Sunderlin
United States
Niagara Falls
New York
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Dec 2007*
I play this at lunch with a non-gaming coworker. Very relaxing game. Of course the theme means that I'll never get my husband to play, but I like it.
2007-12-16*
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Eric Summerer
United States
Hamden
Connecticut
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Mar 2007*
Fun, simple, and quick, although there really doesn't seem to be enough reward for building larger beds. When the wife places a weed in the way of getting that 10th flower, I get pretty steamed.
2007-03-26*
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Doug Garrett
United States
Mountain View
California
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Apr 2007*
A favorite two-player that someone needs to re-publish with a possible change in theme. I know that people see sketches of flowers and almost immediately turn their backs, but this domino-like game has some excellent competition for space in the middle of the board, and goes great with a nice glass of wine.
2011-03-18
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Patrick McNamara
United States
Jupiter
Florida
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Dec 2012
3rd best of the Kosmos 2-player games (after Blue Moon and Jambo). The solitaire variant is almost as good as the regular game. Everyone who plays this loves it.
2008-01-30*
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Carol Carpenter
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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Apr 2014
Lovely, fun; will always want to play.
2009-11-06
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James Barnes
United States
Spartanburg
South Carolina
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Jan 2014
Wonderful! An awesome 2-player experience! One day this will and should be reprinted (Z-man will probably do it) because it is a game unique and like no other. It's a simple game of placing small flower tiles and creating sets of matching flowers. It's relaxing to play...a perfect week night game and not very cutthroat. The weeds are a bit touchy...but they are fun to place! I love the board, tiles and scoring track...the game is one perfect little package!
2010-10-07
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Adam Alleman
United States
Denver
Colorado
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Aug 2009*
I hope my wife likes it, if not I'm sure my daughter will. I probably paid too much but it was for a good cause: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43476/item/969250#item...
2009-08-03
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