Entries by Tracy Blevins

Plants Map Update: August 2014

Happy August! We have a few items we wanted to share with you on our growing developments at Plants Map. Individual profiles have been enhanced to allow you to include your own gardening ‘resume’, your profile picture and a location so your gardens can be included on our maps. We have also added a new search […]

Plant Databases and Scientific Resources for Gardeners

Plants Map is not a scientific plant database, encyclopedia of plants, or plant identification tool. Our goal is to allow individuals and organizations to make their own unique garden journal of plants. Plants Map is about documenting your plant stories, notes, observations, experiences, and photos of your plants, gardens, and gardening interests or activities. Each […]

Community Building: Plants Map and GardenChat

Plants Map hosts #gardenchat UPDATE: The Plants Map team hosted #gardenchat on June 30. We asked participants on Twitter to share their favorite plant photos in nine categories that were used to launch a Community Photo Gallery on the #gardenchat Plants Map profile. Check out the photos and “like” your favorites! Here’s the original blog post announcing […]

Plants Map Update: May 2014

Happy May! Garden season is now in full swing. We’ve been busy! In April we participated in three local Virginia events to introduce people to Plants Map.  Our first event was the Fredericksburg Earth Day Festival, then the Richmond Earth Day Festival and last a Fredericksburg Home Depot Community Day event. At all three events […]

Lawn Care Tips & Resources

“What are we going to do about the lawn?” Do you often find yourself asking this same question? A common question when your lawn doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as a PGA golf course. But should it? Many people find lawns aesthetically pleasing and they also provide a play area for children and pets and other […]

Plants Map Update: April 2014

Happy Spring Gardening Season from Plants Map! Thank your for subscribing to our Journal. We wanted to share some news, updates and more. Cossey Park Tags Have Arrived The Plants Map Tags for Cossey Park Arboretum have arrived and are now in place. These were the initial 15 tags purchased and donated to Cossey Park […]

The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.”- Virgil Your soil is an underlying important aspect to growing healthy and happy plants and gardens. Soil is basically composed of organic matter, various minerals, nutrients, living organisms, liquids, and gases.  Soil is the top layer result of a deeper parent material that has developed over time […]

The Plants Map Community By The Numbers

Survey participants share plant interests Do you keep a list of your plants? How much time do you spend gardening every week? How much does your gardening habit cost you each year? As we were launching Plants Map in February, we ran a survey to find out the answers to questions like those. We would […]