Encinitas Community Garden grows more than just food

Located 25 miles north of San Diego, the Southern California beach town of Encinitas has historically been a hotbed of agriculture, with everything from lima beans to avocados to citrus and cut flowers growing in its Mediterranean climate. But as the city’s population has grown over the years, more and more land that was once […]

Virginia’s Chesterfield County transforms turf into an urban orchard

In discussions of water quality and environmental stewardship, you often hear people talk about the need to eliminate “managed turf.” The term refers to those big grassy expanses that must be fertilized, watered and mowed, and that generally aren’t as good as more natural landscapes at trapping and filtering rainwater. Virginia’s Chesterfield County had just […]

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Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center opens visitors’ eyes to the natural world

Tucked away in the hills of western Pennsylvania, about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, is the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center. As groups around the world prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Crooked Creek is one of those places where the natural world is the focus of every program, from a Saturday seminar on […]

Developer Updates: March 2016

A summary of updates and new features released in March 2016 Release 30 – March 29, 2016 Events tool launched. Organizations now have the ability to create an event page. The event will be seen within a new section on their profile page for Events. View more on this section will open a searchable page […]

Announcing new custom plant detail tabs

Can you answer “Yes” to these questions? Do you know the difference between a Tall Bearded Iris and a Miniature Tall Bearded Iris? Do you count rose petals? Do you know how to measure the DBH of a tree? Do you know the difference between a tetraploid and diploid daylily? Do you keep details on your […]

Developer Updates: February 2016

A summary of updates and new features released in February 2016. Release 27 February 19 Resources section launched on Explore page. My Tags – Continued improvements to the My Tags feature. Tab Manager – Continued development and testing of the customized plant tab library. Release 26 – February 16 My Tags – Continued improvements to […]

How to Properly Prune Trees and Shrubs

One of my favorite gardening activities is pruning. I admit that I am addicted to it. I like to observe the way plants respond to pruning with new growth and I love to ‘groom’ my plants. I should start this pruning post with a disclaimer: I primarily prune to improve the health and vigor of […]

Developer Updates January 2016

Release 25 – January 18, 2016 My Tags – Tag ordering tool is launched within the My Plants Map page. Live testing and continued development based on feedback. Users can now select from their online plant library to make a list of tags and signs to order. Step by step instructions will be posted in […]