Bicentennial Flower Basket Contest

Each year, Laurel Foundation provides funding for 400 hanging flower baskets that line the streets, sidewalks and the three sister bridges in downtown Pittsburgh. In celebration of the City of Pittsburgh’s 200th anniversary, we invite you to find a special flower basket – the Bicentennial Flower Basket – for a chance to win prizes this summer!

This contest has ended. Thank you for participating!

How To Enter

Featuring a display of black and yellow flowers, the Bicentennial Flower Basket will hang in a new location on the Monday morning of each entry period. Simply submit a photo of your sighting of the basket via email at or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #pghbaskets. You will be entered into a raffle drawing for four Pittsburgh Pirates tickets, and your photo might be shared on our website and Facebook page!

Contest Raffles and Prizes

The winning entrant will receive four tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates game that corresponds with your entry period. Winners will be selected and notified at the conclusion of each entry period. Photo entries will be accepted during the following time frames:

  • Raffle 1: June 13 at 5 a.m. through June 17 at 12 p.m. ET – Prize for tickets on Monday, June 20
  • Raffle 2: June 20 at 5 a.m. through July 15 at 12 p.m. ET – Prize for tickets on Wednesday, July 27
  • Raffle 3: July 18 at 5 a.m. through August 5 at 12 p.m. ET– Prize for tickets on Tuesday, August 9

All prizes were generously donated by Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis.

View a map of WPC’s downtown greening work, including locations of its hanging flowers baskets. You can view full contest rules below, or email with questions and inquiries about the contest.

The Bicentennial Flower Basket Contest Official Rules

CONTEST DATES: June 13, 2016 to August 5, 2016


By entering this contest ("CONTEST") and accepting the terms herein, you agree to be bound by the following rules ("Official Rules"), which constitute a binding agreement between you and The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC). WPC and any website companies hosting and promoting the contest, their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their agents, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents are referred to as the Contest Entities. These Official Rules apply only to the CONTEST and not to any other sweepstakes or contest sponsored by WPC.

This CONTEST is open only to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other commonwealths, territories and possessions) 18 YEARS OR OLDER as of Date referenced above as the start date for the contest. Employees of WPC, their immediate families (including spouses, parents, children, siblings, and their respective spouses), and household members of Contest Entities are not eligible to enter.

By entering this contest, each entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Contest Entities from any injury, loss, death, damage, action, claim, demand or other liability that may occur from entrant's participation in the CONTEST or from the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize awarded, or attendance at any event. WPC reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner. U.S. law governs this contest.

Throughout the CONTEST duration (June 13 to August 5, 2016), eligible participants can submit photos during three entry periods. During each entry period, participants will be entered into a raffle drawing for the contest prize. Entries submitted before or after an entry period will not be eligible that raffle.

Entry periods are as follows:
1. June 13 at 5 a.m. through June 17 at 12 p.m. ET
2. June 20 at 5 a.m. through July 15 at 12 p.m. ET
3. July 18 at 5 a.m. through August 5 at 12 p.m. ET

Winners in each entry period will be selected in a random drawing and notified at the close of each period (e.g., June 17, July 15 and August 5).

Photographs of a participant’s sighting of the Bicentennial Flower Basket can be submitted by emailing your name and photo to during an entry period. Photographs will also be accepted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, during an entry period, using the hashtag #pghbaskets in your post. You may enter up to 10 unique photos per entry period. However, you are only eligible to win one prize during the CONTEST duration.

Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.

WPC reserves the right to reject any entries that do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, you indicate your unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of these Official Rules and WPC’s decisions, which are final and binding. You cannot win a prize unless you comply with all requirements in these Official Rules.
Entries containing photographs of a Bicentennial Flower Basket from a prior entry period will be disqualified.

All photographs submitted as part of the CONTEST shall become the property of WPC. The submission shall constitute an assignment of the copyright and all other rights to the entry. Participants accept that WPC may share their entries in WPC’s marketing materials such as its websites, publications, social media and other items.

One prize winner will be selected at random for each entry period, totaling three individual winners during the CONTEST duration. Winners will be selected based on the criteria set forth above from among all eligible online entries received by the deadline date and time. WPC will notify the winner using the email address associated with the photo submission. Failure to provide an accurate, working email account through which WPC can contact you will disqualify you from receiving the contest prize.

WPC is not responsible for lost, late, illegible entries nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in delay or failure to receive an entry.

Three (3) prize winners will each receive four Pirates tickets. Winners must collect their prize at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s office on Washington’s Landing located at 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Tickets must be picked up during regular business hours, but no later than 3:00 p.m. the day of the game to be attended. Tickets will not be mailed.

Ticket dates:
Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:05 p.m. ET

The prize package has no cash redemption value. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except at the sole discretion of WPC. If any portion of a prize is unavailable, WPC reserves the right to substitute that portion of a prize with a prize of equal or greater value. All prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are subject to the terms and conditions associated with their use.

WPC will not sell, rent or otherwise transfer this information to any third party, nor will WPC use this information for marketing purposes without your consent.


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.