A Good Tree Inventory Can Improve the Environmental Impact

Most of us involved in tree planting are ‘get out there and get it done’ sort of folks. We would rather get our hands dirty planting trees than keep records. However like any good business or long-range project, reliable accurate data is essential to good planning and stewardship of resources. A tree inventory is a basic […]

Why Should I Make A Tree Inventory?

Note: This is the first of 2 journal posts about creating and maintaining a tree inventory. There are numerous reasons to make a tree inventory. Starting with good tree identification and an inventory list, you can: Determine and increase the environmental impact of trees in your community. Improve the process of planting and maintaining trees. Assess the […]

Graceland Cemetery Introduces a Plants Map Interactive Arboretum Tour

Chicago’s historic Graceland Cemetery is providing visitors a unique way to connect with its renowned beauty by using PlantsMap.com to provide interactive self-guided tours showing photographs and details about the trees in the park-like “Cemetery of Architects.” Graceland recently became a certified arboretum, and staff there quickly realized there was a demand for a digital […]

15 Tips For Photographing Trees And Plants

For some reason, I woke up this morning thinking about taking photos of trees and plants. The thing that was on my mind was that I spent all winter waiting for spring to arrive so that the trees and plants had their summer clothes back on so that I could take a photo showing what […]

Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day

For me spring means Arbor Day. I always remember back to elementary school when a science teacher took us outside to explain to us the importance of trees. She explained how they grew, how buds and leaves worked, and why trees were good.  I also learned that day trees had names: Maple, Oak, Walnut! Our homework […]

Social Media and Plants Map Photo Sizes

Thie post was originally published March 2015. Updated as of August 2017.  If you are like us, you love to share photos of your plants. To help you with adding your photos to Plants Map and to other social sharing sites we wanted to share the following tips and tools to help size your photos. Photo uploads need to […]

Help with plant identification

Sometimes we get asked to help with plant identification. While we try to help as much as we can, it is actually difficult and unlikely to positively identify a plant from a single photograph alone or an over the phone description.  Often detailed pieces of information need to be obtained for proper identification. For instance, can […]

How To Digitally Plan & Organize Your Vegetable Garden

Have you ever wanted to save all the information about your vegetable garden in one place and take with you wherever you go? I wanted to share with you how I use Plantsmap.com to save a binder’s worth of growing information about my vegetable garden on my smartphone, tablet or computer. I start with gathering together all the […]

What does it mean that Plants Map Tags connect to social gardens & plants?

Plants Map connects people with plants by providing a social network of profiles with their hosted plant collections and information about specific plants that can be shared with others. We host your plant pages under your profile so that you can also share them to other social websites and create an engaged audience on Plants Map. […]

All QR Code Readers Are Not Created Equally

Updated on November 2, 2017 We’ve manufactured thousands of interactive plant tags and signs that use quick response codes known as “QR Codes” that link to pages on PlantsMap.com. We check every QR code before we ship our tags and signs but occasionally get comments from users that their QR Code readers don’t work. We’ve done […]